NextGen: HN - Birth of the Pilot Phase - Case Study

Birth of the pilot phase

Student on mobile In January 2018, SQA began a project to review the suite of Higher National Certificate/Diploma qualifications as part of a wider product portfolio programme. Much has changed in the education landscape since the HNC/D qualification was last reviewed, and even more has changed in the past year. The SQA consultation and design process was launched to consider how best to reshape the qualification for the future.

The process included extensive engagement with colleges, sector skills bodies, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and other key stakeholders. A series of Service Design workshops were held focusing on: 

HN qualifications are vital for many learners, as standalone qualifications or as a progression route into further education or employment, and it was important to ensure any changes would only add value to the current products.

The engagement findings led to the following agreed outcomes:

What has changed?

The key features of the new product are: