Core Skills news

Extension to the accreditation of Workplace Assessed Core Skills units

The accreditation end date for Workplace Assessed Core Skills units has been extended from 31 January 2015 to 31 January 2020. All centres that already had approval for Workplace Assessed Core Skills units prior to 31 January 2015 can continue to offer these Units during the extended accreditation period.

No changes have been made to the standards and technical content of the Workplace Assessed Core Skills units, but there are slight changes to the information given on the second last page in each of the unit specifications. These changes are as follows:

  • change to the wording under the heading “Becoming an approved awarding body”
  • new statement has been added, along with the heading “Unit reference codes”

There are no changes to the unit codes.

Exemplification material for Core Skills Communication Units, Speaking and Listening (level 3 to 6)

Exemplar materials for Core Skills Units in Communication, covering Speaking and Listening requirements (SCQF levels 3-6) are available on the secure area of the Understanding Standards website.

Accessing the materials

To access this secure material, ask your SQA Co-ordinator to read the instructions at Previous NQs > Core Skills > Communication Examplar Assessment Materials section on the secure website. The instructions are at the bottom of the page.

These exemplification materials contain:

  • a description of the skills required at each level
  • task remits designed for educational contexts
  • assessment evidence in the form of video recordings of candidates
  • completed assessment checklists
  • commentary from SQA external verifiers