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SQA Accreditation conducted a stakeholder survey between October and December 2012 with the purpose of gathering stakeholders' feedback and experiences of working with SQA Accreditation and to identify key strengths and weaknesses which could inform further improvements.
A report which outlines the findings from the survey has now been published and can be accessed here.
Many thanks to those who responded to the survey. If you have any questions regarding the report, please contact Laura McCansh, Research Officer on email@example.com
Following discussions with the Scottish Government regarding the use of the SCQF level in SVQ titles, we set up a small group of SSCs and Awarding Bodies in early summer to identify any issues which would potentially arise from using the SCQF level in the title of SVQs.
We have published our annual report and a summary report.
Please note that the Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG) has approved a revised process for AC2 submissions.
The Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG), which approves the Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks in Scotland, issued two letters in January 2011 which outline their position with regards to NVQs in MA Frameworks and SCQF credit rating of MA Frameworks.
As you will be aware, our Accreditation Committee requires Awarding Bodies to be working towards issuing certificates which conforms to our new titling conventions for SVQs which have been SCQF credit rated.
As a reminder of our previous Accreditation News article on the Employer Direct Model, Awarding Bodies and SSCs are reminded that for SVQs - where assessment strategies stipulate that employer/alternative training can be used as an in place of Assessors and Verifiers achievement of the A and V Units.
As an alternative to A & V Units, some SSC/Bs have elected to use an employer direct model as an alternative to assessors and verifiers achieving the A and V Units within SVQ assessment strategies.
As we can now accredit any qualifications other than degrees, our Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG) has noted an increase in the number of submissions for qualifications entitled Award, Certificate and Diploma.
Skills for Scotland: A Lifelong Skills Strategy (2007) challenges Awarding Bodies to work towards placing their qualifications in the SCQF and making links with other qualifications to open up opportunities for individuals. There are no specific design requirements for qualifications placed on the SCQF, nor is there any requirement that qualifications on the SCQF must be based on NOS.
Skills for Scotland: A Lifelong Skills Strategy (2007) requires that employers have a say in the design of all qualifications and this has been embraced through the VQ Reform Programme with SQA ensuring that:
Provides information on Scottish Government policy on SVQs and the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Group's (MAG) policy for Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks, including:
As you will be aware, the new NOS quality assurance procedure requires SSCs to demonstrate nation specific consultation with employers and key stakeholders in relation to the review and development of NOS. In Scotland, NOS are used as the basis for development of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other competence based qualifications.
Currently our Accreditation Coordination Group is attaching a condition to Core Skills Signpostings where the Units in the Core Skill Signposting does not match the SVQ structure Unit for Unit.
SQA Accreditation has produced a guidance document for Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), other Standards setting organisations and Awarding Bodies.
Complaints and Appeals (June 2010)
On reviewing the trend of non-compliances over the last two quarters, it has been noted that there is a significant increase in the number of Awarding Bodies that have a non-compliance against the following criterion (SQA Accreditation's Awarding Body Crieria (2007)):
All SVQ structures must have either:
Since 1 April 2009, SQA Accreditation has had the remit to approve SVQ Structures, SVQ Assessment Strategies, Core Skills Signposting and SCQF Credit Rating of SVQs. This remit now includes the approval of Scottish Qualification Products which have been funded through the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).
Explains the requirements for SCQF credit and levelling of SVQs and other Competence Based Qualifications (not SVQs).
As National Occupational Standards are required to demonstrate full occupational competence, the UK NOS Panel (UKNP) is unable to approve Knowledge Only Units as NOS.
SQA Accreditation has contracted 3D Consultancy to undertake a review of the document, 'Developing National Occupational Standards: Signposting Key and Core Skills '(NOS 2000), to produce an updated publication, 'Guidance on Core Skills Signposting'
SQA Accreditation will consider SCQF credit rating submissions for approval if:
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