New Qualifications – May Update
Update for Parents and Carers
A guide about the new qualifications is now available for parents and carers.
Final documents for the new National 2 to Higher Courses are available.
The final documents will be used by teachers and lecturers to prepare to teach each new Course.
The documents are still of interest to parents and carers as they give information about the skills and knowledge young people will gain.
Education Scotland has also published a suite of practical advice and guidance to support practitioners in preparing for implementing key aspects of the new qualifications. See www.educationscotland.gov.uk/nq
We continue to seek your feedback on these documents as the qualifications are developed.
The new Advanced Highers will be introduced in 2015/16.
SQA has developed new Awards for young people. These cover work from different subject areas and are shorter than traditional Courses. They recognise success across different levels of difficulty, meaning they’re suitable for young people of all abilities. They will be marked and assessed internally and do not have any external assessments or exams. The final documents for these are also now available – see www.sqa.org.uk/newawards
Specimen question papers and other assessment resources for National 2 to National 5 qualifications are being developed and will be available by April 2013.
Assessment materials for Higher will be published by April 2014.
To continue to support practitioners with the implementation of the new qualifications, SQA is hosting a further 10 Curriculum Area events in September 2012 to update teachers on the latest developments.
Between October 2012 and March 2013 we will host a series of subject-specific events, which every principal subject teacher will be invited to attend.
Our CfE Liaison team are continuing to support local events including those with parents: www.sqa.org.uk/cfeteam
Communications Officer (Curriculum for Excellence)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
The Optima Building
58 Robertson Street
Tel: 0845 213 5122