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National 4 Media

National 4 Media

This Course is valid from August 2013.

The National 4 Media Course enables learners to analyse and create media content, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context. Learners develop knowledge of the key aspects of media literacy and of the role of media in society.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.

Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.

The 'Related information' panel on this page contains information that applies to all new National Qualifications in this subject.

Updates and announcements

Update letters

Printed copies of this special Curriculum for Excellence update letter will also be provided to centres.

To ensure smooth progression to Higher some updates have been made to mandatory documents for this Course. Some Outcomes and Assessment Standards have changed.

A description of the changes to version 2.0 documents can be found by following the link to the Notification of changes spreadsheet on the Related Information panel.

Mandatory information

Course Specification

This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.


Unit Specifications

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Added Value Unit Specification

These define the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit, including the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

They also include the further mandatory information on Course coverage for the National 4 Course and include information on the assessment method to be used and the conditions of assessment.


Advice and guidance

Course and Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.

Assessment support

Added Value Unit Assessment

For the first two years of implementation (in session 2013/14 and session 2014/15), for all subjects practitioners must use the SQA-published Added Value Unit assessments. These include information for assessors, such as conditions of assessment and guidance on evidence to be gathered and on judging candidates’ evidence. Appendix 1 provides instructions for candidates.

The Media Added Value Unit assessment is an assignment. While describing what candidates must do, the published assessment offers considerable flexibility in the choice of a context for the assessment.

In the assessment, candidates negotiate their own brief and generate initial ideas which are appropriate to the content they are going to make, their purpose, and their target audience. They analyse content relevant to the brief, consider the implication of institutional factors, plan and make the content, and review both the process and the product.

Centres can access the assessment through their SQA Co-ordinator.

As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Unit Assessment Support

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

All Media Unit Assessment Support packs have been refreshed in light of developments in package 3 and feedback from stakeholders.

We strongly recommend replacing your existing versions by downloading the latest versions.

Verification

Some generic common key messages have been identified following the reviews of event verification activity for Rounds 1 and 2. They are available here - www.sqa.org.uk/cfeqa.