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1 Qualifications Update: Engineering Science Qualifications Update: Engineering Science

2 Developing qualifications - drivers Progression – provide progression from Es & Os and maximise continuity between levels More open and flexible requirements – fewer, broader outcomes, more focus on skills Assessment which supports learning - open evidence requirements – choice of assessment approaches – opportunities for combined assessment Refreshed and relevant contexts for learning, providing challenge and enjoyment Personalisation and Choice – in content/contexts for Units - Added Value Unit at National 4 – coursework assessment at National 5 Robust and credible – current high standards in qualifications will be maintained

3 CfE Levels early years 1 2 3 4 SCQF Levels 1 2 3 4 Continues to 12 Relationship between CfE and SCQF Levels

4 Key points a new Course which builds on some aspects of Technological Studies provides, in the Engineering Contexts and Challenges Unit, flexibility in content and therefore opportunities for tailoring to local situations provides an insight into the opportunities and challenges in engineering brings together elements of science, technology, and mathematics, and applies these to real-world challenges provides a strong basis for further study or a career in any branch of engineering

5 Key points has added value assessments that provide personalisation and choice in assignments at National 4, National 5 and Higher, with question papers also providing added value at National 5 and Higher has a hierarchical Unit structure that provides progression from National 4 to Higher Successful completion of all the Units of the National 4 Engineering Science Course can be used to contribute to a National 3 Design and Technology Course award

6 Unit Structure National 3 (Design and Technology) National 4 (Engineering Science) National 5 (Engineering Science) Graphics for DesignEngineering Contexts and Challenges Designing and Modelling Electronics and Control Constructing and Testing Mechanisms and Structures

7 New Quality Assurance arrangements Will cover new National 1 to National 5 from 2013/14 New arrangements will promote shared understanding of national standards through a collaborative and partnership approach New Nominee role - provides a pool of nationally trained experts Intense verification in the first 3 years, then an intelligence led approach will be adopted Verification in Nov/Dec, Feb and Apr/May - allows for early identification of issues and support/guidance to be given

8 Assessment Support Schedule 2012/13 Oct 12 N3 to N5 Unit Assessment Support (Package 1) Feb 13 N3 to N5 Unit Assessment Support (Package 2) Feb 13 N5 Specimen Question Paper Apr 13 N3 to N5 Unit Assessment Support (Package 3) Apr 13 N5 Specimen Coursework Apr 13 N4 Added Value Assessment Support

9 Engineering Science Unit Assessment National 4 and National 5

10 Unit assessment Flexible and open Assessment Standards and Evidence Requirements in Units Greater range of techniques and methodologies for assessment – encouraged through Unit assessment support packages Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across more than one outcome or Unit – combined assessments More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence – assessment as part of learning and teaching

11 Unit Assessment Support packages – purpose Assessment support packages will be provided which you can use to: assess your candidates adapt for your own assessment programmes help you develop your own assessments

12 Unit Assessment Support packages – key features Valid from August 2013 Designed to encourage professional judgement Provide broad-based tasks – allow assessors to choose appropriate context 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

13 Unit assessment support packages - approaches for N4/N5 Engineering Science …. Package 1 (now) Portfolio approach – naturally occurring evidence Package 2 (Feb 2013) Unit by Unit approach – discrete assessment tasks for each Unit Package 3 (Apr 2013) Combined approach – groups Outcomes and Assessment Standards from different Units

14 Assessment Package 1 covers all 3 Units at each level portfolio approach use of naturally occurring evidence independent work, with support describes appropriate evidence and success criteria for each assessment standard re-assessment by assessment standard is possible examples of candidate responses with commentary

15 Engineering Science Added Value Assessments: - National 5 Course Assessment - National 4 Added Value Unit

16 Adding Value – National 4, National 5 Each Course at National 4 and National 5 includes assessment of Added Value For National 4, the added value is in an Added Value Unit - not graded For National 5, the added value is in the Course Assessment - graded A - D (as at present)

17 Added Value 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 May use 7 defined assessment methods (usually two of these)

18 Controlled Assessment Where the assessment method is not a question paper, SQA has introduced the concept of controlled assessment to ensure fairness and reliability 3 stages of assessment: Setting, Conducting, Marking the assessment Each will have a defined level of control: SQA-led activity, Shared responsibility between SQA and centres, Centre-led Subject-specific decisions, but mostly SQA-led activity in initial years

19 Added Value for Engineering Science National 5 Question paper (90) + Assignment (60) National 4 Assignment (pass/fail)

20 National 5 – National 5 – Question Paper 90 marks (60% of award) section 1 - 20 marks – short answer (KU) section 2 – 70 marks – structured (applied) roughly equal marks to each Unit integrated questions 30-40% mathematical data booklet

21 National 5 – National 5 – Assignment 60 marks (40% of award) set by SQA (choice from bank) supervised conditions internally marked applying M&S and E&C Unit skills and knowledge application and challenge

22 National 4 Added Value Unit Engineering Science Assignment criterion-based marking similar to N5 Assignment less complex task, and more structured support supervised conditions internally marked applying M&S and E&C Unit skills and knowledge application and challenge

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