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NextGen: HN Pilot Centre Update

Change Process, Group Award and Unit feedback Process

The NextGen: HN project has adopted service design throughout the development and pilot delivery, engaging in a series of iterative prototyping. We know the pilot phase will provide a rich source of feedback and suggestions for potential unit and Group Award framework changes as a result of this approach. Feedback will be captured in the NextGen: HN qualification change log. Your New Product Development Manager will ensure you are confident using the form and will share the log with you.  

Submitting a change request  

To propose any changes to a NextGen Group Award or Unit, please complete the NextGen Change Request Form. The feedback you are providing must have been signed off by your SQA Coordinator prior to submitting the form.  

The NextGen Change Request Form is available on the Digital Publishing Site and from your New Product Development Manager.  

All change requests will be reviewed by SQA subject teams and the NextGen team on a case-by-case basis. The nature and significance of the change request will inform next steps while any subsequent actions will fall into one of the following 3 categories:  

  1. Immediate action once identified (e.g., legal inaccuracies or technical error)  

  1. In-year action at an agreed key point (e.g., addition/removal of optional unit(s) to the framework; changes to non-mandatory section of a unit)  

  1. End-of-year action (e.g. changes to mandatory section of a unit such as Outcomes, Knowledge/Skills or Evidence Requirements; addition/removal of mandatory unit(s) to the framework; changes to unit/GA title or unit SCQF level/SQA credit value)  

The decision or agreed action will be recorded along with the timescale for implementation, if required.   

Please note the following:  

  • In-year unit updates will be limited and only actioned where necessary to minimise disruption.  

  • No units will be re-coded during the pilot phase to maintain confidence in the framework or unit descriptors, and manage any risk of error in a manual certification process.   

  • The change table associated with each unit will be maintained by the SQA Editorial team.

  • In-year changes will be highlighted on the subject's Digital Publishing page and in our monthly Pilot Centre Update.  

If you have any queries about the above information, get in touch with your New Product Development Manager and for general queries, please contact