Thursday, 31 May 2012

HNC now validated

I came back from holiday to some great news -- the HNC award is now validated. It was almost there when I left but it's great to see it formally validated.

I appreciate that it took longer than planned. I had hoped to have the HNC award available to centres from March, so that some centres could offer it from August, but a number of factors complicated matters and the process took longer than I had hoped.

It might not be a bad thing to delay the introduction of the award. It will mean that centres can see the HNDs before commencing the HNC (the HNDs will be validated this year), and it also means that the associated support materials (of which there will be many) can be seen before you begin to deliver the award.

The Arrangements for the HNC will be available on the SQA website shortly, and you will be able to enter students from the middle of this month.

To help centres prepare for the new award, I plan to add some of the new units to the existing HNC framework, so that centres can run a sort of hybrid next year if they wish to. I will post more information on this in the near future, but in the meantime I would be interested to hear from you about the units you would like added (use the comment facility).

Contact Caroline for more information about the new HNC in Computing.