Sunday, 27 August 2006

National Certificate in Computing Developments

The unit specification writing for this initiative is now underway. A training day was held for writers on Saturday the 27th of August. Everyone was keen and looking forward to producing a robust and flexible award. The target is to have the awards available at SCQF levels 4 and 5 in June 2007 with the SCQF level 6 and NPAs (National Progression Awards) available for June 2008.

If you require any additional information you can contact Angela Lees ( 0845 213 5475.

Mike Jannetta

HN/SVQ Computing & IT Showcase Event

It was pleasing to see so many individuals from centres who attended the recent HN/SVQ Computing & IT Showcase event held at the Radisson Hotel. The event was a chance to network and review the developments or consider the new products that are available. I hope that you or, your centre, went home with up-to-date information which will help you (or your centre). Thanks must go out for the feedback that we have recieved here at the SQA and we will be sending out a CPD certificate to each of those individuals who requested.

The next event is in the initial planning stage and will be based around PDAs (Professional Development Awards) in the coming months (probably December or January). At this event, we will be updating centres on the PDAs available in our area and looking at where we can develop specific PDA awards to fill any gaps. Syd Woods (North Glasgow College) ( has been carrying out research in this area and he will gladly listen to your suggestions or provide you with information from his current research.

If you require any additional information on the PDAs that are available then please contact Caroline Douglas ( (0845 213 5473).

Mike Jannetta

Thursday, 17 August 2006

HND Information Technology Validation

The 2nd year of this award had the validation conditions lifted on Thursday the 17th the August subject to a few minor items. These minor items are being addressed at the moment and any additional information can be gained by contacting Angela Lees ( (0845 213 5475).

A big "thanks" must go out to the Qualification Design Team (George Johnston, June McCamlie and Alan Dunn) for the work they have completed over the last few years. This should provide a popular award and a number of centres have already decided to deliver the HNC Information Technology in the academic year just started (or starting).

Mike Jannetta

Sunday, 6 August 2006

ICT in Libraries

Just to remind anyone attending the Computing & IT Showcase event on the 18th of August at the Radisson that there are these awards you may want to investigate -
  • Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries
  • Advanced Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries
These awards are now being successfully rolled out and your contacts for these awards are Angela Lees (, Qualifications Officer, and Bob Marren (, Business Development Manager. If you are not able to attend this event then please contact one of these individuals for more information.

Mike Jannetta
0845 213 5473

Review of the CIW Course Materials

The SQA have recently carried out and funded a review and brief mapping exercise between the CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) materials. A message has been posted to the Computing and Multimedia Smartgroups with the report being uploaded to the root folder of each of these electronic noticeboards. The file is called 'CIW_SQA_Review' and I hope that it is useful to front-line assessors.

Mike Jannetta
0845 213 5473

Wednesday, 2 August 2006

IT SVQs - Smartgroup

Unfortunately the previous IT SVQ Smartgroup seemed to be having technical problems recently and members who were subscribed had been removed from the group automatically in error.

This problem has now been resolved and a new SVQ Smartgroup has been created with all SVQ IT related documentation uploaded.

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