NPA Mobile Technology

NPA Mobile Technology

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Mobile Technology at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the technology sector.

The qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

National Progression Awards are designed for full-time or part-time delivery and are often used for continuing professional development for those in employment or as introductory level courses for those wishing to progress to a full-time NC or HNC.

Market research and analysis identified that these awards would provide opportunities to:

  • Widen participation
  • Provide a range of transferable skills
  • Provide for 16–24 age group recruitment targets
  • Offer retraining opportunities for adult returners
  • Engage employers
  • Integrate with different disciplines

Although not specifically designed as an online course or open learning programme, the nature of mobile technology lends itself to flexible delivery, e-learning and e-assessment for aspects of each NPA, eg candidates could submit formative or summative assessments via mobile technology devices.

Who does this qualification suit

The qualification is open to everyone but is principally aimed at recent school leavers and adult returners who may have limited academic qualifications. Applicants should have a genuine interest in developing a career in mobile technology or related industries.

An interest in using mobile technology and experience of IT would be beneficial.

Access to the NPA at SCQF level 4

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, it is recommended that candidates possess appropriate qualifications at SCQF level 3, an interest in using mobile technology, or some basic experience of using information technology (IT).

Recommended entry levels of Core Skills:

  • Communication - SCQF level 3 
  • Information and Communication Technology -SCQF level 3 
  • Numeracy - SCQF level 3 
  • Problem Solving - SCQF level 3 
  • Working with Others -SCQF level 3 

 

Access to the NPA at SCQF level 5

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, it is recommended that candidates possess the NPA in Mobile Technology at SCQF level 4, or any other appropriate qualifications at SCQF level 4. An interest in using mobile technology and experience of IT would be beneficial.

Recommended entry levels of Core Skills:

  • Communication - SCQF level 4 
  • Information and Communication Technology - SCQF level 4 
  • Numeracy - SCQF level 4 
  • Problem Solving - SCQF level 4 
  • Working with Others - SCQF level 4

 

Access to the NPA at SCQF level 6

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, it is recommended that candidates possess the NPA in Mobile Technology at SCQF level 5, or any other appropriate qualifications at SCQF level 5, or relevant experience. An interest in using mobile technology and experience of IT would be beneficial.

Recommended entry levels of Core Skills:

  • Communication - SCQF level 5 
  • Information and Communication Technology - SCQF level 5 
  • Numeracy - SCQF level 5 
  • Problem Solving - SCQF level 5 
  • Working with Others - SCQF level 5

Progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • NC in Mobile Technology
  • Further qualifications in Computing/IT/Business/Admin/Multimedia

Mobile Technology courses and units are now appearing at degree level, eg the University of Glasgow offers Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems (MSc) and the University of Central Lancashire offers an ordinary degree in Mobile Interactive Technology.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

The NPAs facilitate flexible delivery and assessment, which is intended to be of a practical nature wherever possible, reflecting the practical nature of mobile technology.

Where e-assessment is used, centres must consider how they will ensure the authentication of candidate evidence. This can be achieved through a variety of methods such as discussion, video or an approved employer or other responsible person who can verify the candidate work.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Overview

The National Progression Awards in Mobile Technology at SCQF level 4 consists of two mandatory Units at SCQF level 4. Group Award Code: GF6V44

The National Progression Awards in Mobile Technology at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory Units at SCQF level 5 and 2 optional Units at SCQF level 5. Group Award Code: GG0K45

The National Progression Awards in Mobile Technology at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory Units and 2 optional Units at SCQF level 5. Group Award Code: GG0H46

For further information on the units and structure of these qualifications please refer to the Group Award Specification (432 KB)

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