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SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY WELCOME TO THE HNC/D SOCIAL SCIENCES ANNUAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT EVENT 5 NOVEMBER 2014.

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2 SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY WELCOME TO THE HNC/D SOCIAL SCIENCES ANNUAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT EVENT 5 NOVEMBER 2014

3 PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY amCoffee & Registration amWelcome & SQA UpdateCarol Hunter, SQA Carolyn Laird, New CollegeLanarkshire am Diverse AssessmentBrian Dunn, North East Scotland College pmWorkshop 1 (Sharing of Good Practice/School College Partnerships) pmWorkshop 2 (Sharing of Good Practice/School College Partnerships) 1.15 pmPlenary 1.30 pm Lunch

4 VALIDATION DATES Old HND G87J 16finish date 31/07/2015 New HNC GC3J15start 01/08/2011- valid indefinitely New HND GC3K16start date 01/08/2011- valid indefinitely Five year review due

5 2014 Operational Plan Update  1 st October validation of PDAs in Sociology, Psychology, Politics and History  Available from January 2015  SCQF level 7 awards comprise the A + B units  SCQF level 8 awards comprise the C + D units  Awards aimed at: –Part-time and evening class learners –Full-time learners –Adult returners –Year 6 school pupils –Those seeking CPD

6 2014 Operational Plan Update contd.  Purpose: –Widen participation –Meet needs of variety of learners –Provide element of specialisation in the Social Sciences –Develop skills required for Higher Education –Develop skills for Employment –Develop learning and study skills –Provide a fall back position for those who may not be able to achieve the full HNC/D –Provide sense of achievement for candidates –Provide alternatives to discontinued Advanced Highers and offer progression opportunities to university –Provide opportunities for school/college partnerships –Provide flexible entry to Higher Education –Useful for centres that cannot offer whole HNC/HND

7 2014 Operational Plan Update contd.  Work underway on development of PDA in Criminology at SCQF level 8  Mandatory unit – FM43 35 Criminology (x2 credits)  Plus one unit from: FK8R 34 Sociology A: Introduction to Sociology (x1 credit) FK8D 34 Psychology A: History and Development of Psychology (x1 credit) FK85 34 Politics A: An Introduction to Political Theories of the State (x1 credit) F1A7 34 Scottish Legal System (x1 credit) F1B4 34 Scottish Criminal Law (x1 credit) F0EB 35 Criminal Justice System in Scotland (x1 credit)

8 2014 Operational Plan Update contd.  Designed to introduce candidates to topics and debates that inform contemporary justice; develop skills to evaluate theories of crime causation and of criminalisation; examine the role and aims of the Criminal Justice System in Scotland.  Provides credit within HNC Social Sciences, HNC Legal Studies and HNC Police Studies  Aimed at: –Part-time and evening class learners –Full-time learners –Adult returners –Those seeking CPD  Validate by March 2015

9 2014 Operational Plan Update contd.  Developing a Psychology Lab experiment book  Developing examples of co operative learning sessions  Minor amendments to Sociology A and Sociology B  Publishing Diverse Assessment Guide  Producing a promotional leaflet for schools

10 2014 Operational Plan Update contd.  Publishing an example of an academic poster for Politics  Published example of candidate response for HND examination (Research Issues/Politics/Psychology) on https://secure.sqa.org.uk/login.htmlhttps://secure.sqa.org.uk/login.html  Published FAQ sheet on remediation and reassessment SQA web site  Piloting alternative assessments for Sociology A + B and Sociology B + C as part of HN Articulation Project

11 CURRENT QST MEMBERS North East Scotland College Dundee and Angus College Fife College New College Lanarkshire Ayrshire College Edinburgh College College Development Network University of Highlands & Islands City of Glasgow College

12 Seeking New QST Members To represent:  Glasgow Clyde College: Anniesland; Cardonald; Langside  Glasgow Kelvin College: Stow; John Wheatley, North Glasgow  West College Scotland: Reid Kerr; Clydebank; James Watt Inverclyde  Forth Valley College  West Lothian College

13 Seeking New External Verifiers Currently recruiting new External Verifiers for:  Psychology  Philosophy  Geography Closing date 14 November Details can be found on SQA Appointee Opportunities page of SQA web site

14 To Finish  Contact details in pack  Presentations from today on Social Sciences web page  Please complete evaluation which will be conducted via Survey Monkey; link to be sent out next week

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