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2 Introducing Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packs (UASPs) Modern Languages National 3/4/5

3 Elaine van den Akker Principal Verifier (German)

4 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

5 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)

6 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

7 Unit Specifications  Unit Specification is the core document, referencing the following key elements:  Outcome(s)  Assessment Standards  Evidence Requirements

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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.

14 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.

15 Moving on  Workshop 1 and 2 will give you the opportunity to look at the Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packages in detail.

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