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QUESTIONS How can programmes like CALL WEST widen access? Do you find the Scottish Education System confusing? How does Scotland recognise Lifelong Learning? What about qualifications from other parts of the UK and Europe?
Aims of today First part – the techie bit! To explain the Scottish Education System and the Scottish Credit And Qualifications Framework; Second part – the talking bit! To discuss how the SCQF and other national frameworks; • can help widen access; and • can be used by learners, learning providers, and employers
Scottish Education System Early years Education 3 to 5 years Standard Grades Highers Advanced Highers Apprenticeship Training Scottish Vocational Qualifications Primary School 5 to 12 Secondary School 12 -18 College National Certificates Higher National Certificates HN Diplomas University Degrees Honours Degrees Post Graduate Doctoral
The SCQF - Central to the Education System
Scotland’s Lifelong Learning Framework What it is NOT • Descriptive framework. • Brings together the main Scottish academic and vocational qualification systems into a single, unified framework. • Provides a national vocabulary for describing all kind of learning; formal, non-formal and informal. • One regulated Framework; • Owned by Government or any single sector or stakeholder; • Means to `force’ convergence between sectors; • Intended to prescribe internal organisation/shape of learning programmes
Aims of the SCQF • Assists people of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training over their lifetime to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential; • Enables employers, learners and the public in general to understand the full range of Scottish qualifications, how they relate to each other and how different types of qualifications can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce.
SCQF 12 SCQF Levels Based on Level Descriptors General Credit 1 credit = Notional 10 hours Specific Credit • Credit transfer 3 Criteria • Learning outcomes • Assessed • Quality Assured
Characteristics of SCQF Levels Knowledge and understanding Practice: applying the knowledge and understanding Communication, ICT and Numeracy Generic cognitive skills eg evaluation, critical analysis Autonomy, accountability and working with others
How does learning get on the SCQF? Process of Credit Rating: – SCQF Handbook • Credit Rating Guidelines • Level Descriptors – one set • Credit Transfer Guidelines • Recognition of Prior Learning Guidelines Credit Rating Bodies • • Universities SQA Colleges City&Guilds ILM SPC CIOBS
What do they credit rate? • Their own provision offered in schools, colleges and universities • “Third party” provision owned, developed and awarded by others e. g employers; professional bodies; voluntary and community organisations.
Examples: Types of Provision Over 400 programmes including: – Youth Scotland Awards – ASDAN Certificate of personal effectiveness – ECDL – Microsoft – Chartered Institute of Marketing SCQF Database on www. scqf. org. uk
Informal School of Life
Qualifications Across the UK '
Qualifications Across Europe SCQF EQF SCQF Level 12 SCQF Level 11 SCQF Level 10 SCQF Level 9 SCQF Level 8 SCQF Level 7 8 7 SCQF Level 6 4 3 2 1 SCQF Level 5 SCQF Level 4 SCQF Level 3 6 5 Translation Device Other Frameworks Comparison of levels from SCQF to EQF to other frameworks and VICE VERSA
Discussion Is it possible to use the SCQF to widen access? How can it be used by • Learners • Learning providers • Employers • Community Learning and Development
Discussion Learning providers Guidance Providers • For the development of learning programmes including SVQs • Development of progression routes and articulation • Credit transfer • Recognition To provide advice and direction
Discussion Employers • Job descriptions • Job adverts and recruitment • Induction programmes • Training needs analysis • Staff development – finding a course at the right level • Have their learning programmes credit rated For the Recognition of Prior Learning • For career planning • Personal development • Entry to learning programmes • For the award of SCQF Credit Points
SCQF LEVEL ACPOS BUSINESS AREA QUALIFICATION TITLE NATURE OF AWARD / AWARDING BODY DELIVERY STYLE 12 11 Personnel & Training PG Cert from University of Stirling On-line 10 Crime PG Certificate in International Policing (Peace Support Operations) Initial Detective Training Course Investigative Interview Techniques Training Open and Distance Learning Authors Course Tachograph & Records Analysis Credit rated with SQA Blended, ODL & Taught Credit rated with SQA Taught PDA, SQA Distance & On-line PDA, SQA Taught 9 8 Personnel & Training (Probationer sub) 8 Road Policing 8 Personnel & Training (Leadership & Management Sub) 8 Crime 8 Road Policing 8 7 7 7 Personnel & Training (Probationer sub) 6 General Purposes 5 Information Management Diploma in Police Service Leadership & Management Diploma in Community Safety & Crime Reduction Diploma in Crime & Intelligence Analysis Diploma in Road Policing Operations Dip. HE in Training & Development PDA, SQA Taught Diploma in Higher Education from Napier University Distance Transferee Course Credit rated with SQA Taught Cert. HE in Training Development Cert. HE in Policing Advanced Certificate in Police Call Handling PC Passport (MS based training packages at Intermediate and Beginner level) Certificate in higher Education from Napier University Certificate in Higher Education from University of Stirling Professional Development Award (PDA) from SQA Taught/Workplace assessed Scottish Progression Award by SQA Taught/Workplace assessed Taught