Safe Road User Award

Introducing the Safe Road User Award

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This Award, which has been developed in collaboration with the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), stems directly from recent initiatives by the UK Government to bring about changes in driving attitudes in the UK.

The aim of the Safe Road User Award is to build positive attitudes to road use and to help young people to take responsibility for using the roads safely. Young people who become proficient road users at an early stage will be able to carry these attitudes and behaviours throughout life. This, in turn, should result in fewer deaths and serious injuries among road users. Being a safe and proficient road user is a significant life skill which this award will contribute to developing.

Candidates who successfully complete the Safe Road User Award are eligible to sit an abridged version of the DVSA Driver Theory Test. The Abridged Theory Test consists of 35 multiple choice questions instead of the usual 50. Candidates should book the Abridged Theory Test through the DVSA booking call centre by calling 0300 200 11 22. Candidates must provide their personal Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) when making the booking.

Safe Road User Video Overview

Award Structure

The Award consists of 2 Units set at SCQF level 4/QCF level 1:

Candidates who successfully complete the Safe Road User Award will be eligible to sit an abridged version of the DVSA Driver Theory Test.

The Award has been endorsed by the following Sector Skills Councils: GoSkills and Skills for Logistics.

Safe Road User Online

The following information relates to the online objective test which is part of the assessment requirement for the unit - Understanding How to Use the Roads. The test is delivered using SOLAR, SQA’s e-assessment system.

Your centre account and candidate details

When a centre obtains qualification approval for the Safe Road User Award, we will give the SQA Co-ordinator access to the Safe Road User tests. (If the centre does not already have access to SOLAR, we will create the necessary User account and provide login details). The SQA Co-ordinator will be the centre's main contact for e-assessment. When seeking approval, centres will have the opportunity to specify the names of any other users they would like set up. A User can schedule assessments, invigilate assessments and view candidate results.

Candidate entries for the Unit Understanding How to Use the Roads should be sent to SQA in the normal way. SQA will then transfer these automatically into SOLAR - enabling centres to schedule candidates for the online test.  After successfully completing all of the assessment requirements for the Understanding How to Use the Roads unit, centres should send a result to SQA in the usual way.

Preparing to deliver the tests

There are three ways to deliver the online objective test and two of these require some advance preparation by the centre.

Web browser – This requires no preparation and candidates can simply open a web browser (Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox) using the URL link available on the SOLAR website and enter the keycode they have been given.

SecureClient – This requires centres to install a small client application on the machine to be used to deliver the test. Details of how to do this are provided on the SOLAR website. SecureClient can be used in both online and offline mode. Once launched, candidates enter the keycode they have been given.

App – This requires centres to download the relevant app from the Apple or Android store – search for ‘Surpass’. Further details will be available from the SOLAR website. Once again, when launched, candidates use their keycodes to access the test.

Formative assessments can also be scheduled and delivered and it is advisable to use these first. This will help to confirm that the tests are being delivered effectively within your local technical environment and also gives candidates an opportunity to familarise themselves with the format of the tests.

Training materials

There is a full range of training materials available on the main SOLAR website.

Related Links

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency