CAERe - HN 'Enhancements': Informing flexibility in higher national assessment
Room 4.10, 35 Berkeley Square
Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research in Education (CAERe)
Background: "Our Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Diplomas (HND) have a long and justifiably proud history in Scottish vocational education. The qualifications make an important contribution to Scotland’s economy through the development of high level skills and equip students with both sector specific and transferable skills (e.g. employability, enterprise and the Core Skills of Communication, Numeracy, Working with Others, Problem Solving and ICT).
The above contribution includes their primary role as work-related qualifications supporting both initial and continuing vocational education. Additionally, the qualifications have an important complementary role as Scotland’s primary short-cycle higher education (SCHE) provision.
A five-year modernisation programme was undertaken in relation to Higher National Certificates and Diplomas from 2003 to 2008. The proposed paper and accompanying presentation will focus specifically on issues around ‘assessment load’ in the qualifications starting from an evaluation report on the modernisation programme in 2009. Adopting a chronological approach the paper will outline the external research which has been commissioned, stakeholder engagement and pilot projects in this area. All of this activity will be valuable inputs to project which has just commenced which will use scenarios and a design-thinking based methodology to inform the future development of the qualifications.
The paper will address both the specific issue of ‘assessment load’ alongside our experience of stakeholder engagement and relating research and evidence to practice."