Tuesday, 10 January 2012

What you can do now

We hope to have the updated HNC award available to centres from April. But that doesn't mean that you have to wait until then to start preparing to deliver the updated award.

The draft framework was broadly accepted by the Validation Panel, so the shape of the award is known. In fact, none of the conditions relate to the mandatory section of the qualification, which will be unchanged. The only structural change will be the addition of one or two units to the optional section.

We are presently validating the new or revised units in the award. In fact, some of the units have been validated and are now "feature complete". We'll share these units with you in the near future. Watch this space.

You will start to see final (coded) versions of the units appear on the SQA website from February and definitive Arrangements will be published on the SQA in April. There will be a launch event in June.

The existing HNC framework will continue to be "current" until 31 August 2014 (the date of the final certification) so there is no requirement for you to offer the new award right now, but we think that it is so much better than the existing award that we hope you consider offering the new version from August of this year.

Contact Caroline if you want to know more about this development.