Use of SQA-produced National 4 Added Value Unit assessments from 2015/16
27 February 2015
To support practitioners with the introduction of the Added Value Unit at National 4, the use of SQA-produced Added Value Unit assessments was made mandatory during the first two sessions of the new qualifications – in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Evidence gathered from external verification has shown that centres have a good understanding of the standards required for the National 4 Added Value Unit. As such, from August 2015 onwards, practitioners will have the option of developing their own National 4 Added Value Unit assessments for use with candidates.
Please note that this is not a requirement, and practitioners can continue to use SQA-produced Added Value Unit assessments until further notice. Most SQA-produced Added Value Unit assessments already allow considerable flexibility in the choice of a context for the assessment, while some provide a context that practitioners can change. Subject-specific advice on using SQA-produced National 4 Added Value Unit assessments is available from the relevant subject pages of our website.
For practitioners who choose to develop their own Added Value Unit assessments, as with other Unit assessments, they must ensure opportunities for candidates to produce evidence that meets the Evidence Requirements and the Outcomes and Assessment Standards for the Unit. Practitioners are reminded to refer to the Added Value Unit Specification for their Course, which details the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit.
We strongly advise that practitioners who develop their own Added Value Unit assessments - or make significant changes to SQA-produced Added Value Unit assessments - send their assessments to SQA to have them prior verified before they are used with candidates. The assessments should also be signed-off through the centre’s own internal quality assurance system.