I've mentioned the NPA in Mobile Technology a couple of times in passing, but I thought it was time to give it its own post.
The NQGA team in SQA is leading this work. The qualification is being developed by a consortium of colleges led by Anniesland College. The qualification is designed around the use of mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets, and also the production of software ("apps") for them. There will be two awards at SCQF Levels 4 and 5. The Level 4 award will contain two units, and the Level 5 three units. These new awards should be available to centres from January 2012.
Of course, all of this is subject to the validation going well. The validation will take place around late October or early November.
I think these new awards will be appealing to schools and colleges. Contact Joe Spencer, of the NQGA team, for more information.