Subject Update – October 2016 (Biology, Human Biology and Science)

A subject update for Biology, Human Biology and Science has recently been published.

To access the subject update, please click on the following weblink – Subject Update October 2016

For further information, please contact Paula –

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National Qualification Support Teams

Ahead of the autumn meeting of the Biology and Science National Qualification Support Teams (NQSTs) we would like to add to the existing membership.

NQSTs are subject-specific stakeholder consultation groups that feed back to SQA on the internal and external assessment of National Qualifications.

These groups communicate via secure online discussion forums as well as an annual face-to-face meeting.

For …

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New Understanding Standards Packs – Biology

New Understanding Standards packs have been published for the National 4 Biology Added Value Unit and the Advanced Higher Biology Investigative Unit.  These packs cover Unit assessment.

PowerPoint presentations and workshop tasks from the September 2016 Biology Nominee training event have also been published.

Understanding Standards packs can be accessed from SQA’s Secure Website. Please contact your SQA Co-ordinator to access the  …

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New HN Science Assessment Support Packs (ASPs)

New HN Science Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) have recently been published. These ASPs have been developed to support the delivery of the new HN Science Units.

The following HN Science ASPs have now been published on SQA’s Secure Website –

Aromatic Chemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H92N 35)
Microbiological Techniques (H92F 35)
Organic Chemistry: Theory …

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2016 Course Reports – Biology/Human Biology

2016 course reports have now been published for National 5 Biology, Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology.

These reports offer advice and guidance on how to prepare future cohorts. They are intended to be constructive and informative and to promote better understanding.

Each report highlights examples of successful performance in the exam and coursework and outlines areas where some …

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SVQ in Pharmacy Services (GA07 22)

Skills for Health are conducting a review of the SVQs in Pharmacy Services. Skills for Health would welcome feedback on the structure of the Level 2 SVQ, the mandatory and optional units and whether there are any gaps. The Pharmacy National Occupational Standards were reviewed by Skills for Health in 2015/16, therefore you will not be asked any questions about the content of the SVQ units.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is currently undertaking a review …

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2016 HN Internal Assessment Reports

HN Internal Assessment Reports for academic session 2015/2016 have now been published.

To access the reports, please click on the following weblink: 2016 HN Internal Assessment Reports

For further information, please contact Christina –

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Understanding Standards Events for Advanced Higher Biology (Reminder)

SQA will be hosting a series of events to support practitioners in developing their understanding of the standards required for the new Advanced Higher Courses, and the application of these standards.

The Advanced Higher Biology events will take place on the following dates:

16th November 2016 (Aberdeen)
25th November 2016 (Glasgow)
26th November 2016 (Edinburgh)

For further information and to book a place, …

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