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Thursday, 22 April 2010

HNC/D Computer Games Development

The HNC & HND Computer Games Development awards are validated and available to centres. The Arrangements Document is available from the SQA website and can be downloaded here.

The Group Award codes are:

G9NX 15 HNC Computer Games Development
G9NY 16 HND Computer Games Development

The Unit Specifications are available for download from the HN Unit Search facility on the SQA website.

We plan to produce Assessment Exemplars for a number of the new Units within the award - the writing process for this is due to commence early May 2010.

There will be a Launch Event for these awards which will take place in June 2010 - more information (confirmed date, time, venue, online registration) relating to this event to follow.

If you have any queries relating to the new awards, please do not hestiate to contact me direct.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

IT in Business (HN Units)

As part of the review of HNC/D Accounting, HNC/D Business and HNC/D Administration & IT, the Qualification Team responsible for these areas have recently revised and updated a number of HN Units as part of these developments.

The new Units will become live on 1st August 2010, however the new Unit specifications are currently available on SQA website.

To ensure that the 'old' Units are available for the 4 year runout period of the above HN Group Awards, the lapse date for them will be 31st July 2012 meaning there will be a period of dual availability of old and new Units.

From the list of Units that have been provided only 6 are within some Computing related frameworks. These Units are listed below:

DE1L 34 IT in Business: Word Processing and Presentation Applications (Old)
F84C 34 IT in Business: Word Processing and Presentation Applications (New)

DE1M 34 IT in Business: Spreadsheets (Old)
F84V 34 IT in Business: Spreadsheets (New)

DE1N 34 IT in Business: Databases (Old)
F84X 34 IT in Business: Databases (New)

DE2G 35 IT in Business Advanced Word Processing (Old)
F84A 35 IT in Business Advanced Word Processing (New)

DE1V 35 IT in Business: Advanced Spreadsheets (Old)
F849 35 IT in Business: Advanced Spreadsheets (New)

DE1W 34 IT in Business: Advanced Databases (Old)
F848 35 IT in Business: Advanced Databases (New)

The Business Team will be officially informing centres of these revisions. If you have any queries relating to these Units, please do not hesitate to contact Tony Hamilton (tony.hamilton@sqa.org.uk).

Updated portfolio diagram

I updated the diagram that shows the vocational qualifications in Computing that are available to centres.

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You can download it here. The HNC/D Computer Games is now validated and I have added the new NPAs in Computer Games Development (although these are not available to centres yet). But the main change is that I have added SVQs. These are important qualifications that were missing from earlier versions of this diagram.

You might want to print this document and keep it handy to remind you of what is available.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

HNC/D Computer Games Development is now validated

I came back to some good news today -- the HNC/D Computer Games Development award is now validated! The validation event took place recently so it was great to get the conditions lifted so quickly. Many thanks the Nigel and the other members of the development team.

The Arrangements will be online by the middle of this month. Most of the units in the award are available on the SQA website now (the missing ones are coming soon!).

Contact Caroline if you want to know more about this qualification. Look out for a launch event later this Spring. We will be producing support materials (assessments) for these awards.