SQA is developing Scotland's digital skills

Thursday 18 May 2017

SQA has produced a series of short films showcasing the impact our portfolio of computing qualifications and awards is having on digital skills development in Scotland.

Produced to mark National Digital Learning Week, the playlist, has been produced in partnership with CodeClan, the Code Academy at Dundee and Angus College, and Kyle Academy in Ayr, and highlight the variety of courses available to learners across the country, keen to develop their computing, and software development skills.

CodeClan, an award winning training centre in Edinburgh, worked closely with SQA to develop and deliver a Professional Development Award in Software Development, and is the only provider in Scotland delivering the course.  Students join the 16 week course and build their programming skills through hands-on projects, and attend regular workshops with employers, getting first-hand updates from the industry and valuable insights into life as a software developer.

In an effort to address the local digital skills shortage and introduce more people to computing at an earlier point in their learning, Dundee and Angus College introduced the Code Academy. Working with nearby schools, universities and businesses to offer SQA qualifications alongside work experience opportunities, the D&A Code Academy helps to increase the awareness and importance of digital skills, as well as highlight the career opportunities available in the digital sector.

Kyle Academy is a trailblazer in teaching cyber security. Working closely with SQA, Police Scotland, academics, and leading digital employers, the school was instrumental in the development of SQA’s National Progression Awards in Cyber Security, giving pupils a real taste for topics including data security, digital forensics, and ethical hacking.

Alastair MacGregor, Head of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at SQA, said: “These case studies are excellent examples of how SQA’s portfolio of digital skills qualifications are being developed, and delivered in exciting and innovative ways. By working together with the centres delivering our courses, SQA is able to input valuable insights into the requirements of the qualifications, creating realistic and achievable pathways into the digital sector, and we are able to help give learners the skills they need to forge successful careers in this growing industry.”

The full playlist is available at SQA’s YouTube channel.  For more information on SQA’s portfolio of digital skills, and computing qualifications, visit www.sqa.org.uk/computing. National Digital Learning Week runs from Monday 15 to Friday 19 May.