8 What’s different about the new qualifications? The new qualifications will be less prescriptive; with more personalisation and choiceCourses are made up of 2 or more units. Each unit is internally assessed (pass/fail)National 4 has an additional ‘value added’ unit which combines different elements of a Course into an overall assessment. There is no external exam at National 4National 5 and above: courses assessment consists of:External exam marked by SQA‘added value’ element - Assignment completed and marked in schoolNational 5/ Higher/Advanced Higher are graded A-C
10 Jeremy will explain that the Draft S4 Option Sheet was issued for information only (apologies that this was not made sufficiently clear). The actual S4 Option Sheet will be issued on Wednesday 6th February, and will be completed in discussion with PCS.
11 Skill-based Highers & National 4/5? 5 Highers in S5? Extra Highers “from scratch” in S6? 3 Science Highers? Approved by Scottish Government, HMI, SQA?
12 University of Aberdeen Curriculum for Excellence Statement “The University of Aberdeen currently does not stipulate a minimum number of Standard Grade and/or Intermediate 2 qualifications. This will be extended to include National 5 subjects. “ “We remain committed to promoting a fair admissions policy to ensure we give equal consideration to candidates who apply on time and who possess the necessary knowledge and skills, irrespective of the route travelled through the Senior Phase, S4 to S6.” “In at least one of the Senior Phase years – S4 or S5 or S6, there is an expectation that a minimum of three Highers or Advanced Higher subjects are studied and presented for examinations.”
13 University of Aberdeen Curriculum for Excellence Statement Medicine National 5 qualifications : English and Maths are required (currently Grade B minimum); Biology and Physics are recommended but not compulsory (Grade B minimum).Higher qualifications : Chemistry (Grade B minimum).Two subjects are required from Biology/Human Biology, Maths, Physics.Two further Highers in most other subjects – applicants should check with the Medical Admissions office if clarification required. These may be taken across the Senior Phase – S4 to S6There is no requirement, and therefore no advantage given, to obtaining the three sciences required in one sitting. Maths is regarded as a science.