We commissioned online learning and teaching materials to be hosted on SQA Academy to complement these awards. The material was supposed to be ready for August this year, however there have been some delays and estimated availability is now the end of October.
I get a lot of enquiries asking when this material will be ready, and it would appear that many centres are postponing offering the NPAs until learning and teaching support is available. I must stress that everything needed to deliver these Group Awards is available NOW and has been since August 2010. The online material was commissioned because our eAssessment Team had some extra funding that could be utilised, however we would not ordinarily be able to offer additional resources like these.
Many schools have been delivering the NPAs in Computer Games Development using the Unit specifications and Arrangements document, and the Assessment Support Packs for each level exemplify tasks and give excellent guidance on the standard required.
Please use the Unit search facility on SQA's website to download Unit specifications
SQA Coordinators can download ASPs from SQA Secure
There is a plethora of useful resources for games qualifications outwith SQA - the Consolarium hosted by LTS links to the NPAs and many other links can be found in the Arrangements. We will continue to develop support material and CPD courses for these Awards as they grow and more centres deliver them, but there is no reason for schools and colleges not to offer them now.
If you would like more information on these qualifications please contact me.
For an update on the status of online learning and teaching materials please contact Ayson Craig.