Introducing Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packs (UASPs) Modern Languages National 3/4/5
Elaine van den Akker Principal Verifier (German)
Key points: ML Units Standard remains the same Units have a hierarchical structure that provides clear progression from National 3 to Higher Learning and assessment activities across the Contexts society, learning, employability, culture Added Value Unit assessment at National 4 increases personalisation and choice
Unit Structure National 3 (Access 3/ Foundation) National 4 (Int.1/ General) National 5 (Int.2/ Credit) Understanding Language Using Language Added Value Unit(Course Assessment)
Unit Assessment Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across more than one Outcome or Unit – combined assessment Flexible and open Evidence Requirements Greater range of techniques and methodologies for assessment – encouraged through Unit assessment support packages and Unit and Course Support Notes (www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47415.html) More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence – assessment as part of learning and teaching
Unit Specifications Unit Specification is the core document, referencing the following key elements: Outcome(s) Assessment Standards Evidence Requirements
Unit Assessment Support Packages (UASPs) : Purpose UASPs can be used to: Assess your candidates Adapt for your own assessment programmes Help you develop your own assessments
UASPs : Key Features Valid from August 2013 Designed to encourage professional judgement Provide broad-based tasks – assist assessors in choosing appropriate Context(s) and forms of evidence Show range of approaches to generating assessment evidence Give information on the type of evidence which could be gathered and how this is to be judged against Assessment Standards
ML UASPs Package 1 Combined assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 3/4/5 Package 2 Unit by Unit assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 3/4/5 Package 3 Unit by Unit assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 3 and combined assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 4/5
National 4 Added Value Unit Makes the Course more than the sum of its parts Builds on current Course assessment and Group Award approaches Defined as breadth, challenge and/or application as outlined in Building the Curriculum 5 May involve accumulation, assimilation, integration and/or application of skills, knowledge and understanding Controlled assessment –setting conducting and marking
N4 AV Unit: Modern Languages Focus on challenge and application of language skills Unit Specification and Unit Assessment Support Package (UASP) Assesses skills in reading, listening and talking Internally assessed as pass or fail
N5 Internal Assessment of Course Components Controlled assessment is SQA’s approach to developing assessments (setting), the conditions of assessment (conducting), and marking assessments (marking). SQA is introducing controlled assessment for non-question paper components of the Added Value Unit and new National Courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
N5 Performance (Talking) Controlled assessment The Performance is: set by centres within SQA guidelines conducted under a high degree of supervision and control Evidence will be internally marked by centre staff in line with SQA marking instructions. Marking will be quality assured by SQA. The performance will be recorded.
Moving on Workshop 1 and 2 will give you the opportunity to look at the Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packages in detail.