Friday, 4 November 2011

NC Computer Games Development QDT meeting

The QDT for the new National Certificate in Computer Games Development at SCQF Level 6 met this morning in the SQA offices in Glasgow. This was the second meeting of the team. There was a good turn-out, with 10 members attending, representing colleges, schools, and industry.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the existing awards and to begin the debate about the nature of the new award. There are a number of existing qualifications in this area and it's important that this new award "fits" with what's already there. So we had a good look inside the existing NPAs, NC and HNC in this area.

My presentation focused on the process of creating new qualifications and the timescales that we are working to.
We aim to have the new qualification available to centres from May next year, when we will conduct a launch event to showcase all of the games-based awards available to centres.

The QDT had interesting discussions about a wide range of issues, such as the balance between mandatory and optional units, the core skills that should be covered, and how this award fits with the philosophy of the Curriculum for Excellence. One thing everyone agreed about was the importance of qualifications like this for making learning engaging and productive.

Our next step is to select a Lead Developer, which we hope to do in the next week or so. This person plays a key role in driving the development forward. I'll keep you posted about this.

Contact Hilary if you want to know more about this project.

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