Learning for life

The Scottish Executive Education Department has been actively promoting the inclusion of vocational skills in the curriculum. The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has responded to this by producing a new suite of National Courses. The first group of these new courses, which are being delivered this current session, cover the following areas: Construction, Financial Services; Early Education and Childcare; Sport and Recreation.

These new courses have a strong focus on the following elements: Employability skills and attitudes; Vocationally specific skills; Learning through practical experiences; Learning through review and reflection. A range of innovative assessment techniques to reflect these elements has been developed. The unique feature of these courses is that the assessment is aimed at producing evidence, not only of the vocationally specific skills, but of generic employability skills together with evidence of involvement in reviewing and reflecting as an integral part of the learning process.

The courses are assessed by teachers/lecturers at local level and moderated at national level by SQA. To assist centres in the assessment of these courses, the SQA has also developed an assessment package for each course to exemplify the standard of evidence required.


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  • July 20, 2018 Create Date
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