Details can be found below for current pupils being presented for an Award in National 5 or Higher Administration & IT this session.
National 5 - Administration & IT
The N5 Administration & IT course is assessed through 100% Coursework Assignment. This is effectively an 'exam' and is carried out over 4 hours (on a 2x2 basis). The current S4 will complete this assignment on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 March 2016.
As pupils are aware this is earlier than the SQA Examination diet in May 2016 and they must ensure that they are fully prepared for this assessment which is externally marked by the SQA. Every day after-school pupils have the opporutnity for additional support, subject to speaking with their class teacher to arrange. In addition to this on Friday 11 March 2016 there will be the opportunity for an afternoon revision session (until 4 pm) for 'last minute' revision.
When pupils receive their Benchmarking results this week they will be asked to think about an 'action plan' (a template will be provided) to improve their potential result to the highest possible Grade that they are capable of achieving. Often a lack of proof-reading results in unnecessary marks being lost. Pupils must be aware of the timescales involved and not leave preparation to the final moments.
Higher - Administration & IT
The Higher Administration & IT course is assessed through 70% Coursework Assignment, and a 30% Exam in May 2016 during the SQA diet. As with National 5, the Higher Coursework Assignment is effectively an 'exam'. The current S5/S6 will complete this on Monday 21 March 2016 over 2 hours.
Pupils should (as with all subjects) be reflecting on what went well, and what could be improved from their Benchmarking Assessments. It is vital that pupils work on areas of difficulty at this 'early' stage and do not leave this to the last minute. However on Friday 18 March 2016, there will be the opportunity of an extended revision session (until 4 pm) for additional practice and final questions and support. As with National 5, every day after-school, pupils can receive further support as required by arrangement. This is an ideal opportunity for one-2-one support for advice and help on specific areas of the practical work.
Pupils must be aware of the timescales involved and not leave preparation to the final moments.
For pupils at both National 5 and Higher Level, the Final Grade awarded will be reflective of the commitment put into the preparation before the date of the assignments.