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SQA News 20 May 2021

National 5 and Higher Dance: changes to approval for new centres

Centres planning to deliver dance courses at National 5 and Higher, or freestanding dance units at SCQF levels 5 and 6 for the first time from August 2021 will need to apply for SQA approval. We will work with you to identify what support you need to deliver the qualifications.

If you are already delivering these qualifications or have delivered them since academic session 2018/19, you will not be affected and do not need to apply for approval.

Please use the NQ approval form which is available on SQA Connect. This form covers all types of National Qualifications and includes a section on external assessment. It is available in the section headed 'Forms for centres delivering National Qualifications'.

Please do not use previous versions of the application form as this could result in delays in your application being processed.

Colleges can use the devolved approval process to approve dance courses and units and must notify SQA of this by completing a devolved authority application form.

When applying for approval, centres must demonstrate that teachers and lecturers delivering/assessing dance have completed at least two years' successful study of dance to a minimum of Higher National Diploma (HND) level (SCQF level 8) or have extensive knowledge in dance, which can be supported by vocational and teaching qualifications through accredited dance awarding bodies. It is also beneficial if staff have, or are working towards, assessor qualifications, or are GTC registered.

We are making this change due to a significant increase in centres delivering these qualifications, as well as an increased demand for additional support from SQA to help teachers and lecturers develop their knowledge of the subject.

If you have any questions or need advice on completing your approval application, please contact your SQA Business Development Account Manager.