In response to the recommendations made in the evaluation and consultation reports, SQA and the HN Key Partners’ Group have put in place a number of measures to address the issues raised. These are as follows:
In response to concerns from some centres regarding too much assessment in some HNC/HNDs, SQA:
In response to comments from some centres regarding too many Exam-based Graded Units in HNC/HNDs, SQA:
The HN Key Partners’ group has been reconstituted with a refreshed membership and revised remit. Linda McTavish, Principal of Anniesland College, has agreed to continue as Chair of this group and details of the new membership and proposals for revised remit can be found on our website at www.sqa.org.uk/hnkpg. The first meeting of the reconstituted group will take place in May 2009.
SQA, COLEG and SFEU have agreed on two main ways of ensuring more joined-up thinking and working. They have:
SQA has produced guidance on Best Practice for Qualification Support Teams. This includes a revised process for recruiting members to serve on QSTs.
In order to maintain a coherent catalogue, centres have agreed to continue to consult with SQA on new or revised HN qualifications. To assist with this:
Centres using these established mechanisms will assist SQA in ensuring that all proposals for, and feedback on, qualifications are passed to the appropriate SQA officers and followed up.
To ensure a more coherent marketing approach to HNC/HNDs, SQA:
Centres can assist SQA by continuing to:
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