Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Enhancements to HN Qualifications

The information event for this project took place today in Jury's Inn in Glasgow. There was an excellent turnout.

The purpose of today's event was to let centres know about the project, and also to ask for volunteers to get involved in the pilot.

I've mentioned this initiative several times before. Computing is one of four subject areas chosen to "enhance" our HN qualifications to make them better suited for articulation with university. We did this by devising alternative assessments that try to look more like university assessments. We devised four alternative assessments: one project for HNC Computing and three exams for various HNDs. This document lists the alternative assessments.

These assessments combine the individual unit assessments into one large assessment. For example, the Networking exam covers two entire units. I was pleased to see that Computing has managed to combine more outcomes into our assessments than any other subject area.

We're currently looking for pilot centres to get involved in this project. These centres would deliver the new assessments either in place of, or alongside, the current assessments. We would ask pilot centres to provide us with some feedback on their experience of using these assessments (via an online survey). The pilot will run from 2014 to 2016. Only centres that sign-up for the pilot will be permitted to use these alternative assessments, so it's vital that your centres does so if you want to be involved.

I was delighted that eight centres expressed their interest in being involved in the pilot at today's meeting. But anyone can still volunteer. Please e-mail to express your interest or ask any questions about this project.

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