Specification 1 - Course Assessment

In relation to National Courses at National 5 to Advanced Higher, exemption of an assessment component which comprises 30% or more of the total Course assessment will not be a reasonable adjustment.

Exemption can only be considered where no other reasonable adjustments are appropriate and SQA is satisfied that the candidate has demonstrated a level of competence consistent with meaningful certification and with maintaining public confidence in the qualification.

In order to achieve a National Course at National 5 to Advanced Higher, learners are required to pass a Course assessment. In the context of this specification, an assessment component is strictly defined as one of the seven agreed assessment methods (assignment, case study, performance, practical activity, project, portfolio, question paper) in the Course assessment.

An assessment component which comprises 30% or more of the total Course assessment is deemed to be a key component of the qualification. To allow such an exemption would compromise the assessment objectives and would not secure that the qualification provided a reliable indication of the knowledge and skills of the candidate.

In order to minimise the disadvantage faced by disabled candidates, exemption of an assessment component(s) could be considered where it comprises less than 30% of the Course assessment. The decision, as always, on whether exemption will be permitted, as a reasonable adjustment in any particular Course assessment, will depend on the needs of the individual candidate and on the need to maintain the integrity of the assessment/qualification.

Example

Learners studying National 5 French will work on two distinct Units — Understanding Language and Using Language — during their studies. Learners will also be required to pass the Course assessment. The Course assessment takes the form of a:

As the performance comprises 30% of the total Course assessment, learners could not be exempted from this assessment component.

As the first question paper comprises 50% of the total Course assessment, learners could not be exempted from this assessment component.

As the second question paper comprises 20% of the total Course assessment, exemption of this assessment component could be considered, as a reasonable adjustment of last resort where no other reasonable adjustment is appropriate. The decision, as always, on whether exemption will be permitted, will depend on the needs of the individual candidate and on the need to maintain the integrity of the assessment.

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