Higher National Units in Adult Literacies

The Higher National (HN) Units in Adult Literacies have been designed to raise the profile and value of numeracy learning among learners, tutors, managers and policy makers, and to build confidence and competence in supporting numeracy learning. These HN Units are set at SCQF level 8 and fill a gap in the existing professional development framework (above ITALL, before TQAL).

Why deliver this qualification

The Scottish Government is committed to raising the profile of adult literacies and to increasing skills. The government values the difference that adult literacy and numeracy support can make to economic recovery and social cohesion.

The HN Units can be delivered as stand-alone Units or alongside each other. They are also suitable for open and distance learning. The qualifications are nationally certificated, credit rated and recognised.

Who does this qualification suit

These Units have been designed for candidates who are already working in the field of adult literacies.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, candidates would normally be expected to have gained a qualification in ITALL or have at least two years prior experience as a practitioner in the area of adult literacies.

Progression

These HN Units are an appropriate progression from the Professional Development Award in ITALL (or equivalent) for candidates working in a voluntary tutor assistant role. They are ideal preparation towards a role working with groups.

Candidates might progress onto the Adult Literacies teaching qualification — a higher education course at SCQF level 10 currently offered by the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

The Contexts of Adult Literacies in Scotland Unit is assessed by case studies, assignments and a mapping exercise prepared by the candidate.

The Tutoring Numeracy in Adult Literacies Unit is assessed by oral or written accounts, a reflective diary, evaluative report, course proposal and an observed practice session including lesson plans, records, individual learning plans, and copies or resources used.

In both cases, the candidate can complete these during their study for the qualification as and when they are ready to do so. Assessment may be completed in the time set aside from work or in the candidate’s own time.

The Units can be assessed together or separately.

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