Each qualification we are developing goes through a number of development stages. National 2 Creative Arts is currently at the Assessment Support development stage.
Over the next year, SQA will develop Course and Unit assessment support for every Course from National 2 to National 5 to help teachers and lecturers in the delivery and assessment of the new qualifications.
This assessment overview outlines what support materials will be produced and when.
SQA has developed three packages of assessment support for Units in the new National Courses, from National 2 to National 5. Packages 1, 2 and 3 are now available. They are held securely and teachers/lecturers can arrange access to them through their SQA Co-ordinator.
All packs are valid from August 2013 and must therefore be treated as confidential and held securely.
Assessment support is designed to encourage professional judgement and to support learning and assessment that will motivate and challenge learners. The packs will help practitioners to deliver and assess the new National Qualifications. Find out more on our assessment support policy.
The packs are for assessors in schools and colleges. Assessors may use the assessments provided in Unit Assessment Support packs as they are, adapt/modify them, and/or use them to develop their own assessments.
Each pack provides details of an assessment task or tasks, shows approaches to generating evidence, and shows how the evidence that is gathered can be judged against the Unit Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
There are three packages of Unit Assessment Support for each Course. According to the needs of the Course, these may include:
The second and third packages of Unit Assessment Support include packs which demonstrate the use of combined and portfolio approaches in assessment.
The packs do not have marks or threshold/cut-off scores; they have an explanation of how assessment judgements are to be made against Assessment Standards.
Where assessment is conducted through observation or oral questioning, evidence should include assessors' comments and other relevant supportive evidence that shows clearly the basis on which assessment judgements have been made.
Most packs also include examples of recording documentation; however, assessors may adapt these to suit local needs and approaches.
Each pack also has information in an appendix which can be detached and given to candidates.
To access packages 1, 2 and 3 of Unit Assessment Support, please speak to your SQA Co-ordinator.