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2 SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY
WELCOME TO THE HNC/D SOCIAL SCIENCES ANNUAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT EVENT 5 NOVEMBER 2014 Welcome to the annual staff development event for Social Sciences. Carol Hunter, QM for Social Sciences Fiona MacKinnon, QO for Social Science

3 PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY 10.30 am Coffee & Registration
11.00 am Welcome & SQA Update Carol Hunter, SQA Carolyn Laird, New College Lanarkshire 11.30 am Diverse Assessment Brian Dunn, North East Scotland College 12.15 pm Workshop 1 (Sharing of Good Practice/School College Partnerships) 12.45 pm Workshop 2 (Sharing of Good Practice/School College Partnerships) 1.15 pm Plenary 1.30 pm Lunch

4 VALIDATION DATES Old HND G87J 16 finish date 31/07/2015
New HNC GC3J 15 start 01/08/2011- valid indefinitely New HND GC3K 16 start date 01/08/ valid indefinitely Five year review due This is just to remind you of key dates in relation to the lifespan of awards. This will be the last year for the old HNC.

5 2014 Operational Plan Update
1st 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 An update of where we are at in terms of producing exemplars is included in your pack.

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 As above.

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.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 This is the current membership of the QDT.

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
Tel: Tel: 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 As above.

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