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New Qualifications – New Opportunities. “ Education is the most powerful tool you have to change the world” Nelson Mandela. Learning Intention: I am knowledgeable about the new qualifications in schools. Why should we change?.

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New qualifications new opportunities

New Qualifications – New Opportunities

“Education is the most powerful tool you have to change the world”Nelson Mandela

Learning Intention: I am knowledgeable about the new qualifications in schools.

Why should we change
Why should we change?

The world is extremely fast paced and the 21st century is already such an exciting time for young people!

The new NATIONALS, HIGHERS and ADVANCED HIGHERS are designed to give you the skills required to succeed.

What do you think about change
What do you think about change?

  • Why is it necessary?

  • Can you think of any examples of change within school that you have noticed?

  • Think about the education that older relatives may have received.....

  • What are the main differences to now?


Out with the old in with the new
“Out with the old in with the new...”

Standard Grades are now a thing of the past..

National 1

National 2

National 3

National 4

National 5

Will now be delivered in schools and colleges across Scotland.

New qualifications new opportunities

Qualifications Replaced by New National Qualifications

Access 1 and Access 2 ------------------ National 1 and National 2

Access 3

Standard Grade (Foundation level) ---------------➔ National 3

Standard Grade (General level)

Intermediate1 ---------------------➔ National 4

Standard Grade (Credit level)

Intermediate 2 ------------------------➔ National 5

Higher ----------------------------------------------------➔ Higher (new)

Advanced Higher ---------------------------➔ Advanced Higher (new)

The main differences
The main differences...


    Teachers and lecturers will assess the new Courses and Units at National 1 to National 4. SQA will check the assessments to make sure they meet national standards.

  • Courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels will still include work that is assessed by teachers and lecturers, but learners will also have to pass a Course

    assessment for these qualifications – usually a question paper and/or coursework.

  • This will be marked by SQA.

Assessment methods
Assessment methods...

  • Its not just about the final exam!

  • Your course work throughout the year will play a huge part in your final grade!

  • Case study, assignments, presentations, questions papers.

  • You will continue to have units of work that are assessed throughout the year to keep you on track of your learning.

So what does this mean
So what does this mean?

National 4 will consist of coursework and internal assessments that will be marked by teachers in school as a PASS/FAIL.

National 5 qualifications will have course work and other assessments marked in schools nnu teachers but also include assessment marked by SQA. This will be graded: A – D

Your current level of study
Your current level of study...

  • Think about your current subjects and level of study.

  • Can you identify all the different methods of assessments used to gather information about your performance?

  • Which method of assessment do you perform best in?

  • Why do you think this is?