At this morning's team meeting, one of the managers in the team responsible for reviewing NC provision in colleges gave us some background on this new initiative.
The Funding Council has given SQA money to look at non-advanced programmes in colleges to see if we can support specialist developments in this area (SCQF 2-6). These developments would be led by colleges (alone or in consortium) and supported by a specialist team within SQA. You can find out more about this work here. Every college has a specific person looking after them.
Me and my team would be involved at various stages. For example, we would look at the initial proposals to check if there are already national awards in the area, and we would sign-off units and, possibly, attend validation events.
The current funding runs until July 2011. The project has its own e-mail address if you have any questions.