2014-15

Report
Advanced Higher Event
Welcome
Support Events for Teachers and Lecturers
• 146 subject support events for new Higher courses held
for 7439 delegates from November 2013 – March 2014
• 92 Understanding Standards events on Course Assessment
at National 5 www.sqa.org.uk/cfeevents
• 77 Advanced Higher events held from Jan - Apr 2015
SQA Support
• SQA’s team of CfE Support Managers provides a dedicated
resource and support for every school and college throughout
Scotland in relation to the new National Qualifications:
www.sqa.org.uk/cfeteam
• SQA will continue to update you on a monthly basis through our
e-update which you can now subscribe to:
http://mailer.sqa.org.uk
Unit Assessment Support Packs
•
UASPs are available from the secure site –
www.sqa.org.uk/sqasecure
•
Contact your SQA Coordinator for further
information
Unit Assessment Support Packs are confidential
materials and you must ensure the security of these
documents
Presentation and Workshop Materials
http://www.sqa.org.uk/events2013
Username events2013
Password cfe2013
New National Qualifications
General Update
Advanced Higher will not dual run
National Qualifications Support
• Additional Exemplar Question Paper for each relevant new
Higher published Jan 2015
• SQA Understanding Standards packages are now available and
further releases will occur between Jan – Aug 2015 covering
National 1 to Higher:
http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/71902.html
• Between Nov 2014 and Feb 2015, Understanding Standards
events on N5 Course assessment are being delivered:
www.sqa.org.uk/cfeevents
Arrangements for Higher 2015/16
• 2014-15 is the final session in which the existing Higher will run
in centres. Only the new Higher will be available from August
2015
• Candidates who receive a ‘No Award’ result or want to upgrade
for an existing Higher Course in 2015 will therefore be unable to
re-sit the Course assessment in 2016
• SQA will include the existing Higher Units in the new Higher
Frameworks with a finish date of 31st July 2016
Arrangements for Higher 2015/16
• Until this date, candidates who have passed all of the Units in an
existing Higher Course, but not achieved the Course assessment,
may have their Unit passes carried across to the new Higher
Course (all Units, not partial)
• This means that they will only be required to complete the new
Higher Course assessment in 2016
• This arrangement is also available in session 2014-15 for
candidates who failed an existing Higher Course in the 2014 Diet,
but whose school/college is now offering new Higher Courses
only
Verification Timeline 2014/15
September
2014
November
2014
February
2015
May
2015*
N3 - N5
Higher/National Round 1
1 and 2:
Verification:
Round 2 Verification:
Understanding
Standards
events for
Nominees
Understanding
Standards
events
for Nominees
National 5 and Higher
Course Component
assessments and
National 4
Added Value Unit
assessments
National 1 to
Higher Unit
Assessments
*for subjects that require it, visiting verification activities will take place
during March/April/May
Quality Assurance Key Messages
 After each round of verification activity, SQA published
common key messages and subject specific key messages that
have been identified by the verification teams
Generic key messages
– www.sqa.org.uk/cfeqa
Subject specific key messages – available on each subject
page
– www.sqa.org.uk/cfesubjects
Internal verification Toolkit
•
Web-based resource to support schools
•
Clarifying guidance on internal verification
•
Explaining the cyclical process of IV – wider aspects than
cross-marking
•
Giving practical advice on how to implement and record
internal verification
•
Providing simple forms which schools can use or adapt if they
wish (not mandatory)
www.sqa.org.uk/IVToolkit

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