I visited Forrester High School this morning to discuss qualifications in computer games.
A group of teachers, representing the school, college and university sectors, had been thinking about developing awards relating to computer games, and wanted to discuss their ideas with me.
It was a good meeting and their ideas were very interesting with lots of potential. The group proposed three new awards (National Progression Awards) at SCQF Levels 4, 5 and 6. I explained the process that has to be followed to turn ideas like this into real qualifications.
The first stage is to ensure that SQA has the capacity to support the development so I'll discuss this internally before deciding if/when to take this forward. But it sounds an interesting development, which I'm sure would be popular with schools and colleges.
We are currently developing a new HND in this area (HND Computer Games Development), which will include reviewing the existing HNC award (HNC Computer Games Development), so developing new awards at Levels 4, 5 and 6 would compliment these on-going developments.