National Progression Awards in Digital Media

National Progression Awards in Digital Media

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.

The NPAs in Digital Media at SCQF levels 4 and 5 introduce learners to techniques that are important in the digital media sector such as audio, still images and moving images. In addition to developing knowledge and understanding of digital media, learners will develop practical, technical and transferable skills — including oral, written and evaluation abilities.

These NPAs are a revision of the NPA Digital Media Basics at SCQF level 4 and the NPA Digital Media Editing at SCQF level 5.

These qualifications are available through schools and colleges.

Why study this qualification

The NPAs in Digital Media at SCQF levels 4 and 5 are suitable for:

  • learners wishing to develop and enhance their digital media skills to support their learning across a wide range of curricular areas
  • senior school pupils who will undertake one of the qualifications as a broadening of the Computing Science curriculum
  • students at colleges who will be using the NPAs within full or part-time college programmes
  • adults returning to education with an interest in developing digital media skills in order to access a career in this field

These qualifications are also suitable for broadening the curriculum in the senior phase of school by providing all pupils, not just those with a vocational interest in computer science, with the experience of a contemporary technological subject and the opportunity to gain skills that can be used in future employment.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following (or equivalent qualifications and/or experience):

  • any one of the component units, done on a free-standing basis
  • National 2 Information and Communications Technology
  • National 3/4/5 Computing Science

Employment and progression

The level 4 award could provide progression to:

  • NC Computing with Digital Media SCQF level 4/5
  • NPA in Computer Networks and Systems SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Software Development SCQF level 4
  • NPA in Digital Media Animation SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Computers and Digital Photography SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Cyber Security SCQF level 5
  • NPA PC Passport SCQF level 4/5
  • NPA Web Design SCQF level 5
  • National 5 Computing Science

The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • NPA Digital Media Production SCQF level 6
  • NC Computing with Digital Media SCQF level 5/6
  • NPA in Computer Networks and Systems SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Software Development SCQF level 4
  • NPA in Digital Media Animation SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Computers and Digital Photography SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Cyber Security SCQF level 5/6
  • NPA PC Passport SCQF level 4/5/6
  • NPA Web Design SCQF level 5
  • National 5 Computing Science

The above is not an exhaustive list. There are many other appropriate full-time and part-time courses at SCQF levels 5 and above in a wide range of subject areas.

Qualification structure

Group Award Specification for NPA Digital Media at SCQF level 4 (GN59 44) and 5 GN58 45) (384 KB)

The NPA Digital Media at SCQF level 4 consists of three mandatory units (18 SCQF credit points).

Group award code: GN59 44 (18 SCQF credit points)

The NPA Digital Media at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory units (18 SCQF credit points).

Group award code: GN58 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

Unit search

These group awards have been replaced and will go into lapsing on 31/07/18. The finishing date for these qualifications is 31/07/2021.

NPA Digital Media Basics at SCQF level 4 (174 KB)
Group award code: G9FD 44

NPA Digital Media Editing at SCQF level 5 (187 KB)
Group award code: G9FF 45

Unit search

Qualification structure

Group Award Specification for NPA Digital Media at SCQF level 4 (GN59 44) and 5 GN58 45) (384 KB)

The NPA Digital Media at SCQF level 4 consists of three mandatory units (18 SCQF credit points).

Group award code: GN59 44 (18 SCQF credit points)

The NPA Digital Media at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory units (18 SCQF credit points).

Group award code: GN58 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

Unit search

These group awards have been replaced and will go into lapsing on 31/07/18. The finishing date for these qualifications is 31/07/2021.

NPA Digital Media Basics at SCQF level 4 (174 KB)
Group award code: G9FD 44

NPA Digital Media Editing at SCQF level 5 (187 KB)
Group award code: G9FF 45

Unit search

How to assess

Assessment of this award will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed-book and open-book assessment conditions. Centres should refer to the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

Assessment support packs will be available for these qualifications. The ASPs use an integrated approach to facilitate holistic assessment.

The delivery of these awards is at the individual centre’s discretion.

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