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Introducing Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packs (UASPs). Modern Languages National 3/4/5. Lorna McMurray Principal Verifier (Spanish) Colin Meikle Senior Team Leader (Spanish). Key points: ML Units. Standard remains the same

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Introducing unit specifications and unit assessment support packs uasps

Introducing Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packs (UASPs)

Modern Languages National 3/4/5


Introducing unit specifications and unit assessment support packs uasps

Lorna McMurray

Principal Verifier (Spanish)

Colin Meikle

Senior Team Leader (Spanish)


Key points ml units

Key points: ML Units

  • Standard remains the same

  • Units have a hierarchical structure that provides clear progression from National 3 to Higher 

  • Learning and assessment activities across the Contexts society, learning, employability, culture

  • Added Value Unit assessment at National 4 increases personalisation and choice


Unit structure

Unit Structure


Unit assessment

Unit Assessment

  • Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across more than one Outcome or Unit – combined assessment

  • Flexible and open Evidence Requirements

  • Greater range of techniques and methodologies for assessment – encouraged through Unit assessment support packages and Unit and Course Support Notes (www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47415.html)

  • More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence – assessment as part of learning and teaching


Unit specifications

Unit Specifications

  • Unit Specification is the core document, referencing the following key elements:

  • Outcome(s)

  • Assessment Standards

  • Evidence Requirements


Unit assessment support packages uasps purpose

Unit Assessment Support Packages (UASPs) : Purpose

UASPs can be used to:

  • Assess your candidates

  • Adapt for your own assessment programmes

  • Help you develop your own assessments


Uasps key features

UASPs : Key Features

  • Valid from August 2013

  • Designed to encourage professional judgement

  • Provide broad-based tasks – assist assessors in choosing appropriate Context(s) and forms of evidence

  • Show range of approaches to generating assessment evidence

  • Give information on the type of evidence which could be gathered and how this is to be judged against Assessment Standards


Ml uasps

ML UASPs

Package 1

  • Combined assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 3/4/5

    Package 2

  • Unit by Unit assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 3/4/5

    Package 3

  • Unit by Unit assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 3 and combined assessment approaches exemplified at Nat 4/5


National 4 added value unit

National 4 Added Value Unit

  • Makes the Course more than the sum of its parts

  • Builds on current Course assessment and Group Award approaches

  • Defined as breadth, challenge and/or application as outlined in Building the Curriculum 5

  • May involve accumulation, assimilation, integration and/or application of skills, knowledge and understanding

  • Controlled assessment –setting conducting and marking


N4 av unit modern languages

N4 AV Unit: Modern Languages

  • Focus on challenge and application of language skills

  • Unit Specification and Unit Assessment Support Package (UASP)

  • Assesses skills in reading, listening and talking

  • Internally assessed as pass or fail


N5 internal assessment of course components

N5 Internal Assessment of Course Components

  • Controlled assessment is SQA’s approach to developing assessments (setting), the conditions of assessment (conducting), and marking assessments (marking).

  • SQA is introducing controlled assessment for non-question paper components of the Added Value Unit and new National Courses atNational 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.


N5 performance talking

N5 Performance (Talking)

Controlled assessment

The Performance is:

  • set by centres within SQA guidelines

  • conducted under a high degree of supervision and control  

  • Evidence will be internally marked by centre staff in line with SQA marking instructions.

  • Marking will be quality assured by SQA.

  • The performance will be recorded.


Moving on

Moving on

  • Workshop 1 and 2 will give you the opportunity to look at the Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packages in detail.


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