Core Skills Signposting of Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) structures- October 2010
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.
You will be aware that the Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG) requires a copy of the Core Skills Signposting with Modern Apprenticeship submissions. This is to assist centres in identifying where there may be opportunities to conduct holistic assessment of the Core Skills Units with the SVQ. Therefore, we require that all Core Skills Signpostings submitted to SQA Accreditation for approval match the final approved SVQ structure. This should include imported Units from other Sector Skills Councils, where applicable. This will assist with ensuring that there is the minimum potential for confusion for Awarding Bodies and centres both offering and delivering Core Skills and avoid attaching conditions to individual qualification submissions.
This will result in the Signposting providing an indicative Core Skill level, where appropriate, for each Unit contained within the SVQ structure. All final Core Skills Signpostings submitted to SQA Accreditation for approval, must meet this requirement.
Where the SVQ structure contains imported Units, the importing SSC must refer to the Core Skills Signposting produced by the originating SSC. Consideration must be given to the Core Skill level already allocated by the originating SSC to determine if appropriate for use with the imported qualification structure.
You may also find the Guidance on Signposting Workplace Core Skills (May 2010) a useful document. The main purpose of the publication is to:
* Explain the role of Core Skills in workplace learning and training.
* Outline how Workplace Core Skills connect to current Scottish Government policy developments and labour market demand.
* Illustrate the benefits of signposting Core Skills in the workplace.
* Describe the purpose, process and application of signposting Core Skills in Modern Apprenticeships and SVQs in the workplace.
* Provide information on good practice in signposting Workplace Core Skills in SVQs, and signposting and mapping Core Skills in Modern Apprenticeships.
The publication can be accessed using the following link Core Skills Signposting Guidance (507 KB). Alternatively, the document can be downloaded from the Accreditation News section of the SQA Accreditation webpage.
Please note that this letter has been copied to all SQA approved Awarding Bodies for their information.
Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact me or your SQA Accreditation Manager, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this letter in more detail.