Tuesday, 31 August 2004

Internetworking/Multimedia event

Today is the latest date when you can register for the above event online. Places will be organised on a first-come basis so please register ASAP if you're interested in attending. More information on the Internetworking e-group.

Saturday, 21 August 2004

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Thursday, 19 August 2004

Awarding Body Forum

The E-Skills Awarding Body Forum met today. The Forum consists of representatives of various awarding bodies (such as City & Guilds and EdExcel but including SQA) who meet to discuss areas of common interest relating to S/NVQs.

Today's meeting focussed on the new IT User awards and the IT Professional awards which are currently under development. The main news relating to IT User is that E-Skills is about to finalise a credit transfer system to allow candidates to transfer "old" units to the "new" units. The system isn't quite finalised but when it is SQA will produce its own credit transfer system (based on E-Skills framework).

The awarding bodies agreed to jointly develop evidence requirements for the new IT Professional Standards. This means that the same standards will be applied to anyone across the UK who undertakes these new qualifications. More information will follow. The IT Professional SVQs will be available from 1 January 2005.

Please subscribe to the SVQ online community to keep up-to-date with developments. Contact Jack Robertson if you have specific queries relating to IT User or John Coleman if you have specific queries relating to IT Professional.

Wednesday, 18 August 2004

HNC Computing Arrangements are available

We've been busy finalising the paperwork since the HNC Computing award was validated a couple of weeks ago. The final version of the revised HNC Computing Arrangements is available for download here (1.5Mb download). It was also uploaded to the HN Computing e-group today. The group award is available to centres now and the units are presently being uploaded to the SQA website. Contact Shirley Sampson for more information about the availability of this award.

Tuesday, 17 August 2004

Online registration for Internetworking/Multimedia event

The HN Internetworking and Multimedia launch event will take place on Friday, 10 September at the Stirling Highland Hotel. You can register for this event by selecting the button below:

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The event will introduce the new suites of Internetworking and Multimedia awards. Qualification developers and vendor representatives will be present.

Friday, 13 August 2004

E-enabling HNs

Money has been made available to "e-enable" Higher National qualifications - including Computing/IT awards. It's early days so I'm not sure about the precise details but some of these awards will have e-learning and e-assessment material to support them. I'll post more news when I have it.

Speaking of e-assessment, there's a new e-assessment blog and an old e-assessment community that might be of interest to you.

Thursday, 5 August 2004

Launch events

A letter has been sent to centres today to inform people about a forthcoming launch event for a range of new awards relating to Computer Networking and Multimedia. The event will take place on 10 September. More information here where you can also register.

If you're interesting in Networking qualifications, please subscribe to the Internetworking online community.

Wednesday, 4 August 2004

HNC Computing is now validated!

The Convenor of the Validation Panel for HNC Computing has today agreed that the Panel's conditions have now been met. So the award is now validated! More information on the HN Computing forum.