Piloting ‘Enhancements’ to Higher National Qualifications to Achieve Articulation

SQA, the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the chair of SQA’s HN Key Partners Group have been in discussion about articulation issues for some time. More recently discussions on the 'Putting Learners at the Centre: Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education’ pre-legislative consultation paper and around work in the SFC-funded articulation hubs have suggested that it would be timely to establish a project to further explore articulation issues.

It has been agreed that restricted pilot activity will be undertaken to consider whether ‘enhancements’ are necessary to improve articulation between HN Qualifications and degree programmes and what form these ‘enhancements’ might take.

The pilot activity will be restricted to the following four areas: Business, Engineering, Computing and Social Sciences. Piloting will take place in session 2013-2014. This SFC-funded project will be managed by SQA working in partnership with colleges, regional articulation hubs, UHI, the OU and other stakeholders from our HN Key Partners Group.

The project will investigate four categories of ‘enhancements’, including the content, assessment and structure of our HN Qualifications and supporting guidance. It is recognised that articulation sits within a wider institutional context and issues are not always specific to the HN Qualifications themselves.