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SQA News 2 September 2021

Higher National and Vocational Qualifications 2021-22

We confirmed in June that the alternative assessment approaches for Higher National and Vocational Qualifications (HNVQ) used in 2020-21 will continue for session 2021-22.

We are pleased to confirm that revised guidance for 2021-22 is now available on the HNVQ area of our website.

This includes the following overall guidance:

Where possible, we would encourage centres to deliver the course using the traditional unitised approach in the first instance. If this is not possible, the decision tree contained in the guidance above also outlines alternative approaches that will remain as a support to both learners and centres for session 2021-22.

Revised subject-specific guidance is also available on the relevant subject pages.

Graded Units

As was the case in 2020-21, we have removed the requirement to complete the assessment of Graded Units (exam-based and project-based) in HNs in 2021-22.

Instead centres can choose to gather evidence across mandatory units within the HNC/D to come to a grading decision for the graded unit.

Where the centre or course team has chosen to (or is required to) assess candidates using normal approaches (Graded Unit projects or exams) this should proceed as planned.

More information can be found in our Graded Units guidance.

Regulated Qualifications

For qualifications regulated by SQA Accreditation or Ofqual, the confirmed positions from session 2020-21 will continue. Centres may wish to consult directly with the regulators’ websites for specific qualifications. We would also highlight the following adaptations:

Foundation Apprenticeships

As highlighted in last week’s SQA News, SQA and Skills Development Scotland recently confirmed that the temporary frameworks developed for Foundation Apprenticeship frameworks in 2020–21 in response to COVID-19 will also continue to be available in 2021-22.

Full details of Foundation Apprenticeships in 2021-22 are available on our website.