Introducing Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packs Classical Studies National 3, 4 and 5
Unit Assessment Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across more than one Unit or Outcome – combined assessments Flexible and open Evidence Requirements in Units Greater range of techniques and methodologies for assessment – encouraged through Unit assessment support packages More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence – assessment as part of learning and teaching
Unit Structure National 3National 4National 5 Life in Classical Greece Classical Literature Life in the Roman World [Added Value Unit] Assignment – internally marked [Added Value Unit] Assignment – externally marked
Key points: standards remain the same feature the best approaches of current certification have a hierarchical Unit structure that provide progression from National 3 to Higher contexts of Literature and Everyday Life covered Added Value assessments increase personalisation and choice CS assignment at National 4 is internally assessed and verified – subject to quality assurance by SQA CS assignment at National 5 is externally assessed
Unit Specifications UnitLife in the Roman World National 3 Outcome 1 Use evidence from life in the Roman world, including archaeological evidence, to compare the classical Roman and modern worlds, by: 1.1 Assessment 1.2 Standards 1.3 Outlining an archaeological source from the Roman world, in basic terms Outlining what the source reveals about life in the Roman world, in basic terms Commenting, in basic terms, on a similarity or difference that the source reveals between life in the classical Roman and modern worlds
Unit Specifications Evidence Requirements for this Unit: Assessors should use their professional judgement, subject knowledge and experience, and understanding of their learners, to determine the most appropriate ways to generate evidence and the conditions and contexts in which they are used. Evidence may be generated using the assessment activities suggested in this Unit Assessment Support, or by means of other discrete assessment activities, or could naturally occur during learning and teaching. Assessment evidence can be drawn from a variety of activities and presented in a variety of formats, including, for example, presentations, information posters, responses to questions and participation in group tasks.
Unit Specifications For this Unit learners will be required to provide evidence that the candidate has achieved the Unit Outcomes and Assessment Standards, by: [in the example assessment task provided (Appendix 1)], presenting the evidence to be gathered which may include: –candidate responses to questions –assessor checklist –assessor observation notes
Unit Assessment Support Packages - 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 – 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
Classical Studies UASPs Package 1 Unit by Unit approach at N3, N4 and N5 - discrete assessment tasks for each Unit Package 2 In Units N3, N4 and N5 – combined approach which may allow learners to make links across the Units of a Course Package 3 In Units N3, N4 and N5 – Portfolio provides documentation for referencing candidate evidence against Outcomes and Assessment Standards and recording assessment decisions
National 4 Added Value Unit Makes the Course more than the sum of its parts Added Value defined as challenge and application, outlined in Building the Curriculum 5 Application of skills, knowledge and understanding Controlled assessment –setting, conducting and marking
N4 AV Unit: CS Assignment Research and use information relating to a classical studies topic or issue Satisfy Assessment Standards –Choosing, with support, an appropriate classical studies topic or issue for study –Collecting relevant evidence from at least two sources of information –Organising and using the evidence collected to address the topic or issue –Drawing on skills, knowledge and understanding to describe and briefly explain some key features of the topic or issue –Providing a straightforward comparison between at least one aspect of the classical and modern worlds –Presenting findings in response to the chosen topic or issue Internally marked pass or fail Potential for reassessment
N5 Internal Assessment of Course Components Controlled assessment is SQAs 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.
CS N5 Added Value Assignment Controlled assessment (a) set by SQA within SQA guidelines conducted under a high degree of supervision and control Candidates will research and use information relating to a classical studies topic or issue, being able to: – identify an appropriate Classical Studies topic or issue –investigate the topic or issue, using a set of sources of evidence –briefly comment on the usefulness or reliability of at least two sources of information –draw on straightforward, mainly factual, knowledge and understanding to explain and analyse key features of the topic or issue –analyse information in a structured manner –compare and contrast the Greek and/or Roman worlds with the modern world, in terms of religious, political, social, moral or cultural life –reach a reasoned conclusion on the topic or issue, with reference to both support information and potential challenges or counter-arguments
CS N5 Added Value Assignment Controlled assessment (b) Assessment Task will be set by SQA Assessment for the assignment will be in the form of a report of students research and findings. Write-up to be one hour Evidence will be externally marked (20 marks) Marking will be quality assured by SQA.
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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