SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY HND Frameworks Launch and Training Event, April 2013: Strategic overview and operational implications Sharon ONeil
HND Frameworks - history SQA has a lengthy history of successfully developing and offering HND qualifications HNDs are well respected in Scotland (and UK) with increasing recognition Recognised as giving candidates the necessary skills and knowledge to allow them to progress onto Higher Education or employment HND subject content reflects the appropriate sector
HND Frameworks – role of Qualifications Development Team Maintenance – housekeeping regular updating, as required Full review – agreed as part of operational plans Full review – involves consultation with centres, candidates, employers, Universities, Professional Bodies etc. Full review of HNDs being launched April 2013 for use in centres August/September 2013 – to ensure all HNDs are current and fit for purpose
HND Frameworks - Review Full review of HND frameworks addressed opportunities to: -Look at opportunities to reduce assessment/remove prescriptive assessment conditions, if not required -Include updated content, taking account of changing environments within the various sectors e.g. Accommodation Management -Introduce new subjects/content where appropriate e.g. Cloud Computing, Ethical Hacking, Mobile Technology
HND Frameworks - Review New/revised Units introduced into HND frameworks in China 2013 (some Units already used in Scotland) Full review of the validity and relevance of each grouping of Units in HND frameworks Resulting in 7 new HND frameworks
7 new HND Frameworks introduced August 2013: Computing: Networking Computing: Software Development Computing: Technical Support Global Trade and Business Hospitality Management Supply Chain Management Travel and Tourism New HND Frameworks
New HND frameworks Many new Unit specifications (including Graded Units) New Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) - for all new Units New Course Tutor Guide – for each HND New HND frameworks and associated information available on SQA website Information for current frameworks on website until the finish date
HND Frameworks start & end dates HNDCurrent code HND end date New Code HND start date Computing: NetworkingG7TV 16July 2014Aug 2013 Computing: Software Development G7LX 16July 2014Aug 2013 Computing: Technical SupportG7TW 16July 2014Aug 2013 Global Trade and BusinessG7NW 16July 2014GG5F 16Aug 2013 Hospitality ManagementG7M5 16July 2014GG26 16Aug 2013 Supply Chain ManagementG7NX 16July 2014GG2J 16Aug 2013 Travel and TourismG7M3 16July 2014GG27 16Aug 2013
Student starts 2011, commences HND 2012, student will complete HND programme July 2014 SEPTEMBER 2011 – start programme SEPTEMBER 2012 – start HND JULY 2014 – complete HND Student will graduate having achieved HND Travel and Tourism G7M3 16 (old framework) For example…….
Student starts 2012, commences HND 2013, student will complete HND programme July 2015 SEPTEMBER 2012 – start programme SEPTEMBER 2013 – start HND JULY 2015 – complete HND Student will graduate having achieved HND Travel and Tourism – GG27 16 (new framework) For example…….
This means……. All centres will be delivering 2 HND frameworks (per subject) to 2 different cohorts for one academic year – September 2013 to July 2014. * Use of the correct HND Group Award, Unit and ASP codes will be particularly important for centres
HND frameworks Information for all new HND frameworks on website: - Some new Unit specifications, including Graded Units - New Assessment Support Packs ASPs (for new Units) - New Course Tutor Guide – for each HND - Information for old frameworks on website until finish date – August 2014
New HND frameworks Assessment Support Packs and Assessment Exemplars must remain secure Additional information on website - primarily for centres Centres must check website regularly – to keep up to date with changes, new guidance etc.