Tuesday, 29 July 2008

NPA Web Design Fundamentals at SCQF Level 5 (G8HD 45) - Support Materials

The NPA Web Design Fundamentals at SCQF Level 5 was created to match the requirements of the vendor curriculum, Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design from Adobe (formally Macromedia). This curriculum provides resources and learning materials which may be used in the delivery of the NPA Unit F181 11 Web Design Fundamentals.

Materials have been donated to support this qualification from Adobe as part of the SQA's DIVA project. CD-ROM copies of the master set of materials for your centre is available for £5 to cover copying, postage and packing. These materials can be ordered using the publication code CB4370 from the SQA Customer Contact Centre (

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

IBM - System i Certified

Last month I posted a blog entry inviting you to attend the IBM Teach the Teachers training event which is taking place from Monday 18th August until Friday 22nd August in the Business Conference Centre at Cumbernauld College (

IBM have confirmed that all those in attendance have the opportunity to become System i Certified by sitting the System i Operations Certification on the final day of the event. There will be no cost for this as all exams will be paid for by IBM.

If you would like to attend, please contact Scott Miller ( to confirm you place.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Changes to the Computing team

Vanessa Ranaldi left SQA last week, when her contract expired. Vanessa's departure coincided with other changes to the Computing team so I thought it would be a good idea to update the organisation chart for the team. Here's the current version.

Read this document on Scribd: HN SVQ team
We were sorry to see Vanessa go since she had been responsible for a number of projects in her time at SQA - and notably PC Passport since late 2004.

So we're re-organised responsibilities to cover Vanessa's work. Please use the diagram when contacting SQA.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Standards review

I am in London today, attending a meeting of awarding bodies to discuss the new E-Skills' National Occupational Standards (NOS). These Standards form the basis of SVQs.

There will be a public consultation on the new Standards at the end of this month, so this was an opportunity for the Awarding Bodies to get an early look at the emerging version.

The revised Standards will ultimately result in revised SVQs and, given the focus on all qualifications recognising occupational standards, changes to all IT qualifications.