The team took some time out this morning to meet with Derek Middleton to discuss the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) programme. Derek is a Qualifications Development Manager (QDM) with special responsibility for Computing and Information Systems.
Derek gave us an update on progress to date, and provided us with an opportunity to ask him questions about how the new Computing qualifications are shaping up. The big change is that the current separate courses (in Computing and Information Systems) are being combined into a single course (Computing & Information Science), which will be offered at SCQF Levels 4, 5 and 6 (there will also be Access provision).
The draft course and unit specifications are available on the SQA website, and the programme is currently seeking feedback on the proposals.
When Derek left the meeting, the team discussed our views on the current proposals. We liked them, but recognised the challenge will be matching the aspirations of the programme with the more pragmatic demands of national examinations. The new qualifications will have a big impact on vocational awards since many students coming into NC/HNC/HND programmes will possess the new awards.
We plan to make a formal response. You should too.
Contact Derek if you want to know more about CfE.