Hilary and me met with Graeme Clark, of SQA's E-Assessment & Learning team, this morning to discuss support materials for the new NPAs in Computer Games.
We will be developing teaching and learning material for the entire suite of awards (at Levels 4, 5 and 6) in electronic format, suitable for delivery on a wide variety of platforms (such as stand-alone PCs or VLEs). Stevenson College will carry out this work, on SQA's behalf. The material will be available by Summer 2011.
The Support Materials team in SQA is currently working on assessment packs for these awards. There will be one pack for each "strand" within the courses -- one for Design, one for Media Assets, and one for Development. Each pack will be multi-level, covering Levels 4, 5 and 6. We're hoping to see these packs early 2011.
Finally, with respect to the NPAs, we plan to organise a support event in March of next year to help centres that are considering introducing these awards from August 2011. At that event you'll see (some of) the support materials, and hear from teachers who have delivered the awards during the current session. More information will follow.
Contact Hilary for more information about NPA Computer Games Development.