Friday, 28 May 2004

HNC Computing validation

The HNC Computing validation was held today. The outcome was that the award was "not validated until conditions are met". But the Design Team were happy at the outcome. The conditions related to the qualification structure, core skills and the Graded Unit. So Mike and his team will be busy over the next few weeks adjusting the award to satisfy these conditions. We're confident that the required changes can be done quickly and that the new award will be available to centres from August.

Don't forget to join the HN Computing online community to keep up-to-date with developments.

Thursday, 27 May 2004

SVQ Quality Network

The annual SVQ Quality Network meeting was held today in Jury's Inn (Glasgow). Twenty two training providers attended. The purpose of QN meetings is to share good practice (between verifiers and centres) but today's meeting was dominated by the changes to the IT User SVQs.

Chris Morrow of E-Skills attended and provided an overview of the main changes to the National Occupational Standards. Jack Robertson (SQA) showed how the new Standards have been translated into qualifications. I explained the timeline for the introduction of the new awards and encouraged everyone to join the SVQ forum.

The new Standards/qualifications were well received. People liked their flexibility. It was a good meeting.

Wednesday, 26 May 2004

HN moderation

The moderation of the HNC examination is taking place today, tomorrow and Friday. Around 10 moderators are presently in residence in the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow to look through candidate scripts from 25 centres. Once complete, each centre will receive feedback on the quality of their marking. For the first time, every centre submitted a prior-approved question paper - which makes moderation much easier.

Either myself or Hugh McDiarmid (full-time moderator) will post a summary of the moderation event on the HN Computing forum.

We're always looking for moderators so please contact Marion Weir if you want to find out more about becoming a Computing moderator. It's an interesting job which provides a great insight into the standards within colleges and training centres.

Friday, 21 May 2004

Awarding Body Forum

The E-Skills Sector Skills Council arranges regular meetings of the Awarding Bodies which offers S/NVQs in Information Technology. There was an Awarding Body Forum yesterday in London.

The main item was the new Occupational Standards. All of the Awarding Bodies plan to launch new qualifications based on the new Standards. SQA will introduce new awards in August 2004. There a Quality Network meeting on 27 May where these developments will be discussed.

Chris Morrow of E-Skills also talked about their E-Skills Passport and informed members that he plans to make it available in early June.

Monday, 17 May 2004

PC Passport launch events

We've just completed a series of launch events for PC Passport. The events were held in locations across Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.

They went very well. Over 800 people attended the events. Most of the people who came along were employers or training providers. We've also received hundreds of enquiries by phone and e-mail.

You can find out more about PC Passport by contacting Joan Morris.

Thursday, 13 May 2004


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