The current National Course provision at Higher Level in the Sciences (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics) was first used by centres during session 1999/2000. Since then, only relatively minor amendments have been made to the Qualifications arrangements.
Although uptake of the sciences remains strong, stakeholder views of the existing qualification arrangements suggested that a decluttering and updating of subject content was urgently required, as well as a move towards an assessment process with more emphasis on skills.
A modern, engaging National Course framework for the Sciences is seen as a key contributor to the development of a greater scientific knowledge and skills base, which is critical to the ongoing development of the Scottish economy, in line with Curriculum for Excellence.
Given the above, and in order that Higher and Advanced Higher provision in the Sciences continues to remain "fit for purpose", meets the principles of Curriculum for Excellence and serves the needs of the young people of Scotland, SQA has been developing Higher Qualification Arrangements in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The proposals for the Revised Highers in Chemistry and Physics formed part of a national engagement through December and January and since then the Qualifications Design Team (QDT) has been working on the documents, taking on board stakeholder feedback.
The revised Highers will dual run with the current Highers.
The publication schedule indicates that the Arrangements Document minus the course assessment specification would be published on 26 August 2010. Effectively this would have been the material already published in June plus the Unit specifications for the three remaining Units. The Unit specifications for the units are still going through SQA’s technical checks; consequently it has been decided to postpone the publication until these checks are complete. It is anticipated that the material should be ready for publication in two to three weeks. Centres will be notified by email when the material is available.
|Summary of response to engagement feedback||1 June 2010||
Final draft Content Tables
|21 June 2010||
|Higher Physics (Revised) Arrangements Documents (353 KB)||December 2010||
|Physics Revised SQP Higher Amended (1.82 MB)||November 2011||
|Available for implementation for early adopters||June 2011||
|First examination for early adopters||May/June 2012||
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