Wednesday, 30 September 2009

HNC/D Computer Games Development

The draft framework for the HNC/D in Computer Games Development has been completed and the Qualification Development Team (QDT) would value your input on it.

Information on the draft framework can be found here:

After you have browsed the framework, please complete the short survey that can be found here:

Other feedback options can be found on the first website.

All comments are welcome. Thank you for your time.

HN Computer Games QDT

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Reminder - Unit Writing Workshop

Further to my earlier post we still have available places for this workshop on Thursday 8th October 2009 (1300 - 1700 hours).

This workshop will cover both HN/NQ Unit Writing with a particular emphasis on the Computing areas.

If you are interested in coming along please register by clicking on the URL below:

This event is free of charge.

Annual Heads of Computing Event

In the recent HN Update letter to centres, you were informed that we were in the process of discussing plans for the forthcoming meeting of Heads of Computing.

This year's event will take place on Friday 4th December starting at 1000 hours and finishing approximately 1530 hours. It is being held in the Jury's Inn, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow.

If you are interested in coming along to this event then please register online by clicking the URL below:

At this moment in time, the limit is 2 delegates per centre. There is no cost for this event.

Look forward to seeing you then !

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

PDA Diploma in Online Protection of Children

SQA's award in Internet safety was the first qualification of its kind in the UK (and, as far as we know, the EU) and we have followed that up with, what we believe to be, the world's first national qualification in online child protection.

Working with CEOP, we have developed a PDA Diploma in Online Protection & Safeguarding of Children. This Level 8 award is designed for teachers, police officers, social workers and others who work with children. It consists of two units, and provides an opportunity to learn more about the increasingly important field of online child protection.

We held the validation event for the award today. Although the Panel placed several conditions on the proposals, we're confident that we can address these quite rapidly, and have the qualificaiton available by October.

Contact Caroline for more information about this award.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

NPAs in Computer Games - survey

A QDT was recently established to develop NPAs in Computer Games at levels 4, 5 and 6. We now need to find out whether support exists for these qualifications.

Please help by completing the survey and circulating to any interested parties: we need school teachers, further education centres and industry professionals to give constructive suggestions and feedback to the design team.

You can access the survey here.


The Qualifications Support Team (QST) for NC awards (SCQF Levels 4, 5 and 6) met last Friday afternoon. This group meets twice per year to discuss ways of supporting Computing qualifications at these levels. There is another group for HN awards (SCQF Level 7 and above).

The members of the QST are college lecturers and school teachers, and the meetings are a great way to let SQA know what support materials are needed to help centes to deliver these awards. Firday's meeting was very productive with lots of actions resulting from it, including minor revisions to a number of units to either clarify or simplify them.

If you have any suggestions for changes to units or new materials to support awards, please contact Hilary or complete and submit a form.

If you want to participate in the QST (for either HN or NC awards) please join the SQA Groupsite, where I will seek volunteers, or contact Hilary if you want to know more.