Students at Lanarkshire college are helping to shape the next generation of Scottish qualifications.
New College Lanarkshire (NCL) in Cumbernauld is taking part in an innovative pilot programme with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
Students here are among the first on the new SQA HNC in Television which is part of the first phase of ‘NextGen: HN’ qualifications.
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These qualifications are being shaped to help learners adapt to fast-moving changes in education and employment.
They will also support life-long learning as well as developing critical industry and subject-specific technical skills.
Morven Thomson and Ross McCallum are students at NCL and are undertaking the new course.
They produced a film as part of the course, which will be used to promote the new generation of qualifications and encourage other colleges to take part in the next phase of the pilot.
Morven told Lanarkshire Live : “We’ve done a lot of day-long practice shoots and worked on larger projects. We worked on a film noir trailer which ended up being a 30-second-long trailer in this film style.
“I really want the practical experience so that I can go onto university and do a degree that’s mostly theory. I know that I have those skills and can take what I’ve learned from the course and put it into action.”
Ross said: “I did think it would be a lot of theory, but a lot of it has been practical which is what I like to do. I like to get into the work and just do it.”
Alan Moffat, from NCL, told us : “It’s hard to predict both work and learning as technology changes at a rate that society sometimes barely has time to process.
“While meta-skills may be a new name to some, the skills they describe are timeless. They are the higher order skills that create adaptive learners and promote success in whatever context the future brings.”
NCL is one of only two institutions piloting the course, alongside Edinburgh College.
In 2022, the college plans to deliver the Next Generation HNC in Television at its Motherwell campus, as well as piloting the HND in Television in Cumbernauld.
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