Understanding Standards Events Programme 2016/17

SQA is running a programme of subject specific Understanding Standards events from October 2016 to January 2017 to support practitioners in the development of their understanding of national standards for assessment. The majority of these events will focus on Advanced Higher Course Assessment. However, there are also additional Understanding Standards events for a number of other qualifications where a specific need has been identified. All events will be led by our Qualifications Development staff.

The events are for subject specialists from SQA centres who wish to develop their understanding of the standards for Advanced Higher Course Assessment or the additional qualifications at other levels. There will be a maximum of one delegate place per centre per subject.

Attendance at any of these events can be used to contribute to Continued Professional Development (CPD). CPD certificates will be available on the Events Booking System shortly after each event.

Understanding Standards Events for Advanced Higher Courses

The Advanced Higher Course events are for subject specialists from SQA centres who wish to develop their understanding of the standards for the new Advanced Higher Courses. They will provide delegates with opportunities to develop their understanding of standards by:

All candidate evidence that will be discussed at these events has been identified during diet 2016 and used for benchmarking purposes during the associated examination procedures, including Markers Meetings.

The Advanced Higher Statistics event will provide delegates with opportunities to develop their understanding of standards by:

The Advanced Higher English event will provide delegates with opportunities to develop their understanding of standards by:

This event will consist of two mandatory workshops and one optional workshop. The two mandatory workshops will take place in the morning and will cover Dissertation and Textual Analysis. Delegates will then have the option of attending a Folio or Literary Study workshop in the afternoon. Please note that delegate packs will contain exemplars and commentaries for all four Course components.

Webinars covering the content of Folio and Literary Study workshops will take place on 15th December. These will open to all delegates to allow them to cover all four Course components, should they wish to. The webinars will be optional and further information on these will be sent to you in due course.

Additional Understanding Standards Events

The additional Understanding Standards events will focus on the standards and assessment for Courses, at other levels. Additional events are being held for the following qualifications:

Chemistry (Higher)

Dance (N5 & Higher)

Drama (Higher)

Environmental Science (N5)

Fashion and Textiles Technology (N5 & Higher)

Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft (N5)

Hospitality: Practical Cookery (N4 & N5)

Lifeskills Mathematics (N5)

Mathematics (N5 & Higher)

Media (Higher)

Music Technology (N5 & Higher)

Physics (Higher)

Practical Electronics (N5)

Psychology (Course)

RMPS (Course)

These events will provide delegates with opportunities to develop their understanding of standards by:

Skills for Work Hospitality (National 4 and 5)

This event will support practitioners in developing their understanding of the standards required for the National 4 and 5 Skills for Work Hospitality Courses, and the application of national standards at these levels. It will provide delegates with opportunities to develop their understanding of standards through:

Baccalaureate Interdisciplinary Project

This event will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore the requirements for the Advanced Higher Interdisciplinary Project for the Science, Languages, Social Science and Expressive Arts Baccalaureates. Delegates will review and discuss candidate evidence which will help them to develop their understanding of the standards required.

Booking a Place

All bookings should be made through our online Events Management Booking system.  To book your place click on the link below – http://athena.sqameet.net

All enquiries about these Understanding Standards Events should be made by telephone to 0345 213 5580 or by e-mailing sqaevents@sqa.org.uk