HNC/D Administration and IT Intended Outcome of the QRT Paula White
QRT Intended Outcomes: In 2008 the QRT were charged with updating the HNC/D Administration and IT awards to include the following targets: Better exemplify standards Reduce the assessment load Increase flexibility of assessment Ensure DDA compliant Bring core skills in line with new standards Improve guidance on core skills
Better Exemplify Standards: Units with codes starting ‘F...’ now describe Outcomes in terms of Knowledge/Skills and Evidence Requirements –Knowledge/Skills list identifies what knowledge or what skill is involved –Evidence Requirements give clear description about what the candidate must be able to do to achieve the outcome Aim: clearer guidance to centre staff on standards candidates must achieve
Reduce Assessment Load 2 phase approach: –1 st Reviewed specific Units that had been identified as problematic –2 nd Reduce artificial barriers which were preventing assessments being completed across Outcomes/Units Aim: provide opportunities for integrated delivery and assessment
Increase flexibility of assessment What do we mean by flexible? –Unit Specifications no longer state the assessment method to be used –Centres able to identify methods Aim: allow centres to select most appropriate assessment methods for their candidates
Ensure DDA Compliant Once the above targets were addressed, this became much less complicated –Standards now clearly stated NOT method –Artificial barriers removed AIM: ensure that all candidates capable of achieving the identified standard are given equal opportunity to do so.
Core Skills Finally, Bring Core Skills in line with new standards Improve guidance on Core Skills –Every Unit Specification that was reviewed by the QRT was considered for all/any Core Skill element and whether it is embedded or being developed. AIM: provide a comprehensive mapping of Core Skills across the mandatory Units