Higher Biology and Human Biology – revised Course Specification

The Course Specifications for Higher Biology and Human Biology  for session 2018-19 have been  published on our website. The Course Specification details the key area content (as published in the course comparison document).

Course Comparison document Higher Biology

Course Comparison document Higher Human Biology

Course Support notes will be added to the course specification as an appendix. They will detail the depth of knowledge required (as published in the course comparison document) and will also include the suggested learning activities. The key areas of the course and the depth of knowledge required for each key area can be assessed in …

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Everyone at SQA would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to working with you again in 2017.

Please note: SQA will be closed for business from 22 December and will reopen on 4 January 2017.

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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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PDA in Final Accuracy Checking by Pharmacy Technicians

A new Professional Development Award (PDA) in Final Accuracy Checking by Pharmacy Technicians at SCQF level 7 has recently been developed.

The PDA in Final Accuracy Checking by Pharmacy Technicians has been designed to enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role of an accuracy checking pharmacy technician.

For further information, please click on the …

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Become an Assessor for the Science Council

The Science Council is looking for new assessors. If you’re passionate about advancing the science profession, why not apply?

To find out more or to apply, please click on the weblink below:

Science Council Assessor


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Pharmacy National Occupational Standards

Skills for Health are pleased to announce that the final National Occupational Standards for Pharmacy have been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

You can access a project information bulletin from Skills for Health by clicking on the following weblink –

Pharmacy NOS Review Project Information Bulletin February 2016

If you have any queries about the project or …

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NC Applied Sciences – Scoping Exercise Update (SCQF levels 5 and 6)

SQA recently carried out a scoping exercise to ascertain if the level 5 and level 6 NC Applied Sciences Group Awards were still fit for purpose.

The review consisted of online surveys of delivering centres, universities and present and former learners. In addition, as a follow up to the online surveys, there was telephone contact with delivering centres, universities, employers and training …

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GPhC revision of the standards for the initial education and training of Pharmacy Technicians

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) recently held a meeting for awarding bodies where they advised on the future timescales for the revision of the standards for the initial education and training of Pharmacy Technicians. Please find this timetable attached below for your information:

GPhC timelines for revision of standards

You can access the current standards for the initial education and …

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NPA and PDA Laboratory Science Courses – Scoping Exercise Surveys (Reminder)

We are currently seeking feedback from lecturers, learners and employers with knowledge and experience of the NPA and PDA Laboratory Science Courses. The information gathered will help to inform if any changes are required to the Laboratory Science Courses.

We have created separate surveys and would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the relevant questionnaire( …

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GPhC report on the perceptions of pharmacy technician education standards

A new report published today by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) analyses the scope of the current initial education and training (IET) standards for pharmacy technicians and the extent to which the employers of pharmacy technicians and other stakeholders think the current IET standards are fit for purpose.

To access the report, please click on the following weblink:

An analysis …

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