Wider Achievement

Students

SQA’s Awards recognise the life and work skills that learners gain from activities they may already be taking part in at school, at college or elsewhere — such as sport, mentoring, voluntary work or fund-raising activities. In common with some other qualifications in our portfolio they have been designed to recognise wider achievement.

There are a number of Awards and other qualifications from SCQF levels 1 to 6 which are suitable for a wide range of learners. For example, some Awards can be delivered alongside Youth Awards to give a nationally recognised SQA qualification while others can be offered as part of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) employability fund contracts (subject to meeting SDS criteria). Check with your local SDS contact for more information.

These Awards and other qualifications can be delivered and assessed flexibly over a period of time most appropriate for your centre and learners.

Which Awards have been designed to recognise wider achievement?

For more information about qualifications in the covered by wider achievement, please click on the button below.

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Alternatively, follow the links below to access information about each Award:

Further information

Our Business Development Team are here to support and advise on all aspects of the qualifications. Contact SQA today to find out more about what we can do for you.

Telephone: 0303 333 0330
E-mail: mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Why deliver these qualifications?

Schools, colleges and training providers are recognising wider achievement in creative ways, sometimes by delivering a combination of Awards and other qualifications.

For example, one school is delivering the NPA in Enterprise and Employability alongside a Skills for Work Course while another is timetabling the NPA Dance and Leadership Award together.

In addition, some qualifications have Units in common. For example, the NPA in Enterprise & Employability and the Personal Development Award share two Units, which facilitates an integrated approach to delivery.

These qualifications offer many other benefits to schools and other centres:

Schools

  • Flexible delivery and assessment methods are built in. This means the evidence required for the qualifications can be gathered in a range of different ways eg electronically, through performance or the creation of a product.
  • Assessment support materials are provided for most Awards.
  • There are opportunities to link to Core Skills.
  • Centres only need to enter Units as they are being delivered. There are no additional costs for learners who achieve an Award.

Other centres

  • Flexible delivery and assessment methods are built in. This means the evidence required for the qualifications can be gathered in a range of different ways eg electronically, through performance or the creation of a product.
  • Assessment support materials are provided for most Awards.
  • Some Awards can be offered as part of SDS employability fund contracts (subject to meeting SDS criteria)
  • Centres only need to enter Units as they are being delivered. There are no additional costs for learners who achieve an Award.

Benefits to learners

SQA consults employers, lecturers and teachers when designing its qualifications. When designing these Awards practitioners reported that skills which young people need go beyond subject knowledge and academic skills, and include a wide range of other abilities that help in the world of work and in everyday life.

These qualifications will provide opportunities for learners to:

  • develop self-confidence and self-belief in what they can achieve
  • improve the ‘soft skills’ involved in communication and team working
  • gain transferable employability skills

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