Friday, 31 March 2006

HNC Information Technology

The HNC IT was successfully validated yesterday with the QDT (Qualifications Design Team) being led by George Johnston Reid Kerr College. It is planned that a letter will be send (by post) to centres after the Easter break with details about this award.

However, in the interim you can e-mail Angela Lees to gain any information your centre may require at this stage. Our next steps (with the timelines) are -

1 Making the unit specifications available via the SQA website (end of April)
2 Tidying up the VPD (now Arrangements Document) (end of April)
3 Starting the production of assessment exemplars (delivery end of June)
4 Organising a central event to feedback to centres (end of May)
5 Sending a letter out to centres (beginning of May)

If anyone would like to be considered for supporting the development of these assessment exemplars then please e-mail Angela and record your interest.

Finally, I would like to record a big 'Thank You' to the QDT in all the work that they have undertaken to gain this successful validation.

Mike Jannetta


Monday, 27 March 2006

NC Computing Developments - Stirling Management Centre Event

On Friday the 24th of March we held a very productive meeting in Stirling Management Centre to gain feedback from individuals representing centres to help shape the first steps of the NC Computing developments. The principles behind this meeting were

1 to explain the ‘design principles’ relating to the development of these awards

2 to gain feedback from the field from the seven workshops which each having a particular focus

The data/information gathered was in order that the QDT (Qualifications Design Team) can initially get a handle on the shape of this award. Walter Patterson ( is the lead consultant/developer on this initiative and will be collating a report which will be considered by the QDT before their recommendations are published. It's my intention as QM (Qualifications Manager) to keep the sector informed and call another meeting to discuss this feedback. There will be a vote on the nccomputing Smartgroup on a suitable date when the QDT will present their findings and carry out additional research to assist them in moving these developments forward.

The comments gathered by the individual QDT member at each workshop are being collated, at the moment, and will be available through the
nccomputing Smartgroup as soon as practical. If anyone has any issue that they want to raise they can do this via the Smartgroup or directly to Walter, myself ( or Angela Lees (

FYI - The other members of the QDT are:

Jim Spry (Central College of Commerce)
Joanna McGillivary (Edinburgh’s Telford)
Carol Davie (Cumbernauld College)
Tom Rodgers (Glasgow College of Nautical Studies)
Mary McGuinness (Motherwell College)
Douglas Liddle (Glasgow Metropolitan College)
Bob McGonigle (Microsoft)

Mike Jannetta

0141 242 2235
SQA DIVA Programme
Apple Education Update for Colleges
10:00-16:00, Wednesday 26 April 2006
Jury’s Inn Hotel, Glasgow
Find out about the latest Apple hardware including the Intel-based desktop, portable, iPOD and Server devices.

The morning session will focus on Apple’s award-winning Operating System iLife06 and Keynote software, including hardware and software overviews for education users.

The afternoon session will include specialist sessions in Final Cut Pro and Logic.

With lots of opportunity for networking and informal discussion.

Depending upon volume of registration and interest it may be possible to have other product demos, so please sign up and tell us your interests.

For more information and to book your place, please email or call 0845 606 2641 for more details.
The Apple Education Update for Colleges is part of SQA DIVA.
The Digital media and ICT Vendor Alliance (DIVA) Programme is SQA’s initiative to update and expand its range of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and digital media qualifications working with global industry partners. For more information, visit:

Thursday, 23 March 2006

HN Conference

Today the Computing Team attended the HN Conference which was held at Murrayfield Stadium. The conference was well attended by Colleges, Universities and Industry and presentations were made by SQA, Anniesland College, Scottish Funding Council and the University of Aberdeen.

The afternoon session was dedicated to various workshops on E-Assessment, DiVA, Graded Units, Marketing HNC/Ds etc and delegates had a chance to discuss these topics in detail.

Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Update on the SQA DIVA Programme

Liz Wallis has requested that this communication be sent on to centres as feedback is required to assist moving this project forward. If you, or your centre, have feedback that can help then please contact Liz ( who will welcome your comments. You will find details within her original communication about the project which is listed below.

SQA DIVA Programme
Learning Provider Reference Group

1100-1400, Tuesday 21 March 2006
Jury’s Inn Hotel, Glasgow

Background on DIVA
The Digital media and ICT Vendor Alliance (DIVA) Programme is SQA’s initiative to update and expand its range of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and digital media qualifications working with global industry partners. The objectives of the project are to source and incorporate high-quality support materials from industry into SQA’s qualifications and to link those qualifications effectively to the world of work. The programme is also creating new professional development opportunities for teachers and lecturers to be able to offer the resulting industry-enriched curriculum and awards to students. For more information, visit:

The SQA is supported by independent consultants, Bob McGonigle, David Kay and Liz Wallis (Sero Consulting) in developing this programme.

The Reference Group
Following positive response to the potential of the DIVA programme (launched October 2005), SQA wishes to extend the number and range of ‘vendor’ partnerships in 2006. It is essential to do so by taking account of the needs and the experience of the Further Education providers across Scotland, especially in relation to NC and HN programmes.

SQA is therefore joining with SFEU in inviting all colleges to participate through a Reference Group that will meet at key points in the 2006 process. Other centres with relevant experience are also welcome to join the group.

First Meeting
The first meeting of the group will take place in Jury’s Inn, Glasgow, on Tuesday 21 March 2006 from 1100 to 1400. Lunch will be provided.

1 The Meeting Agenda will include
2 Brief Introduction to DIVA
3 Recommendations on 2006 Vendor Additions
4 Discussion & Feedback on Vendors & Associated Issues
(a) curriculum mapping
(b) staff training
(c) certifications
Agreement on next steps for the Reference Group

Please email if you wish to attend and a confirmation email will be sent to confirm your booking.

Your Early Input
Even if you cannot attend on 21 March, we’d be grateful for your input on the long list of ICT and digital media vendors for the next phase of the DIVA programme. (You can see the list of current DIVA partners by checking the website referenced above). Please email us for a copy of the long list to:

With thanks for your help.

Monday, 6 March 2006

Welcome to Mike

I posted a message a few weeks ago about a secondment that I was about to commence. Mike Jannetta (of Lauder College) was selected to stand-in for me for the duration of the secondment (31 July). Mike started today. So welcome to Mike. He's well known in the FE community and is heavily involved in SQA work so the job should not be much of a surprise to him. The rest of the team (Angela, Caroline, Tony and Vannessa) remain unchanged. Mike can be contacted on my old telephone number (0141-242-2235) or by e-mail. It's a great job that I'm sure Mike will thoroughly enjoy. I'll see you all in August.