SQA answer learners FAQ’s

SQA answer learners FAQ’s regarding teaching and assessment processes during lockdown

Q: Why do I need to still undertake assessments?

A: Although face-to-face learning and teaching has stopped, arrangements have been made in many areas for learning to continue remotely to enable you to complete your course successfully despite the very challenging conditions we are all experiencing currently. Continuing to engage in assessment opportunities will ensure that you have comprehensive assessment evidence. Staff will review this to decide on a result for you.

Q: Shouldn’t all students just pass the course? It isn’t our fault we can’t continue as normal.

A: It is vital that any award made is supported by a rigorous and fair assessment process. The college recognises the challenge and frustration experienced by our students and is working hard to support you and to ensure that your hard work and achievement is rewarded.

Q: How will my course result be determined?

A: Experienced college assessors will review all the available assessment evidence to assess whether you have met the course aims. Using this evidence, and their knowledge of your engagement and progress, they will holistically estimate your individual success.

Q: I have additional support needs. What does all of this mean for me?

A: Staff will use the most appropriate assessment methodology to make the assessment accessible for you. This will be in partnership with college student support services. This could include, for example, the use of professional discussion instead of a written exercise if you normally require a scribe.

Q: I have a conditional offer from university and my Graded Units will be impossible to complete.

A: Where it is not possible to complete the Graded Unit (for example because you have no access to necessary resources or equipment), staff will use any Graded Unit work completed to date plus a range of other assessment evidence to predict and award a grade, where it is possible to do so. This will depend on the quality and sufficiency of evidence available.

Q: I haven’t been able to fully achieve my course because my assessment evidence was insufficient. How and when will I be able to complete any units that I did not get awarded?

A: Where you have not achieved your award and this is considered a direct result of the impact of college closure, your entry can be left open and you should be given the opportunity to engage in further learning, teaching and assessment when conditions allow. Colleges are seeking to ensure that there is no detriment to learner funding entitlements in these situations.

Q: What if I don’t get the grade I expected?

A: If you feel that the assessment outcome reached does not accurately reflect your achievement you will be able to submit an appeal follow the college’s academic appeals process

Q: I don’t have computer access to my college. How will my assessment decision be determined?

A: We recognise that, for some students, there are particular barriers to continuing to engage with learning, teaching and assessment. If there is already a significant amount of evidence in place, it may be possible for staff to use this to predict a grade. However, there may simply be insufficient evidence. If this is the case your entry can be left open and you should be given the opportunity to engage in further learning, teaching and assessment when conditions allow. Colleges are seeking to ensure that there is no detriment to learner funding entitlements in these situations.

Q: I have caring responsibilities and haven’t been able to engage with ongoing opportunities for assessment.

A: We recognise that, for some learners, there are particular barriers to continuing to engage with learning, teaching and assessment. If there is already a significant amount of evidence in place, it may be possible for staff to use this to predict your grade. However, there may simply be insufficient evidence. If this is the case, your entry can be left open and you should be given the opportunity to engage in further learning, teaching and assessment when conditions allow. Colleges are seeking to ensure that there is no detriment to learner funding entitlements in these situations.

Q: Will universities recognise my grades?

A: Yes. Your result and grade will result from a rigorous evidence-based assessment process. This will be a valid result that reflects your achievement throughout your course.

Q: Can I progress within college with an incomplete result?

A: This will depend on your individual progress. Staff would discuss with you the available options.