You may have noticed that the new optional Units that we introduced in April 2013 are in a slightly different format from the other Management SVQ Units. A key difference is the behaviours. The statement accompanying the behaviours of the new optional Units states that “when performing to this standard, you are likely to demonstrate the following behaviours” whereas the statement for the Units accredited in 2011 is “you will exhibit the following behaviours”.
SQA has until now required the behaviours to be assessed. However, following a recent Awarding Body Forum meeting with Skills CFA and discussions with SQA’s Accreditation department, we have been advised that while behaviours are desirable and likely to be demonstrated through performance, they do not need to be assessed. Therefore, behaviours should be used as guidance on how the performance criteria should be achieved, but not assessment in themselves.