FAQ

Hopefully this section will answer some of most frequently asked questions, if you cannot find an answer to your question here please contact one of our accredited examination centres.

 

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Currency and Quality Assurance of PDQB Qualifications

 

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

 

Relationship between PDQB Qualifications and former Institute of Piping/RSPBA Qualifications

Do I have to start at SCQF Level 2 for all of the Piping and Pipe Band Drumming categories of PDQB qualification?


The answer to this is simply No. Applicants can take an examination at any level provided that they are confident that they have the knowledge, understanding and practical ability. At each of the higher Levels, however, candidates will be expected to be able to answer questions related to, or meet the practical requirements of, the syllabus for the lower Levels.




Is it necessary to participate in a training course before taking the examinations?


No. Applicants can apply to take the examination directly if they feel that they have the relevant knowledge, understanding and practical ability. Applications must be made through one of the official PDQB Examination Centres and all candidates must be registered with a Centre. It is the responsibility of the Centre to arrange the examination and appoint the Assessor. Under no circumstances can Tutors or Teachers, who are also approved PDQB Assessors, conduct assessments for candidates they have taught. Each of the Examination Centres offers a range of training programmes which lead to the PDQB examinations. The timing and structure of these programmes vary between Centres. Details can be obtained direct from any of the Centres.





Do I have to start at SCQF Level 2 for all of the Piping and Pipe Band Drumming categories of PDQB qualification?


The answer to this is simply No. Applicants can take an examination at any level provided that they are confident that they have the knowledge, understanding and practical ability. At each of the higher Levels, however, candidates will be expected to be able to answer questions related to, or meet the practical requirements of, the syllabus for the lower Levels.




Is it necessary to participate in a training course before taking the examinations?


No. Applicants can apply to take the examination directly if they feel that they have the relevant knowledge, understanding and practical ability. Applications must be made through one of the official PDQB Examination Centres and all candidates must be registered with a Centre. It is the responsibility of the Centre to arrange the examination and appoint the Assessor. Under no circumstances can Tutors or Teachers, who are also approved PDQB Assessors, conduct assessments for candidates they have taught. Each of the Examination Centres offers a range of training programmes which lead to the PDQB examinations. The timing and structure of these programmes vary between Centres. Details can be obtained direct from any of the Centres.





What is the SCQF?


The SCQF is a Scottish Government-supported initiative which promotes lifelong learning. The Framework describes courses and learning programmes which lead to qualifications, helps develop and identify progression routes, and allows individuals to make the most of opportunities to transfer Credit Points between qualifications. The SCQF has 12 Levels which reflect the progressive complexity of learning and Credit Points are used in each Level to quantify learning outcomes and give them a value or currency. SCQF Credit Points relate to the number of hours required to achieve a qualification. Each SCQF Credit Point equates to the learning outcomes achieved through a notional 10 hours of learning.
Full details of the SCQF can be obtained on www.scqf.org.uk




How will the SCQF help individuals with PDQB qualifications?


Linkage to the SCQF adds to the status of the qualifications and identifies the relationship with other qualifications in terms of learning outcomes and complexity. It may also be possible for individuals to transfer credit, where relevant, between PDQB qualifications and other music qualifications, as well as assist progression to higher level qualifications associated with Piping or Pipe Band Drumming (i.e. degree level qualifications taken through the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RASMD)). National accreditation and SCQF linkage should also facilitate credit links between PDQB qualifications and national systems in other countries.





Do I have to start at SCQF Level 2 for all of the Piping and Pipe Band Drumming categories of PDQB qualification?


The answer to this is simply No. Applicants can take an examination at any level provided that they are confident that they have the knowledge, understanding and practical ability. At each of the higher Levels, however, candidates will be expected to be able to answer questions related to, or meet the practical requirements of, the syllabus for the lower Levels.




Is it necessary to participate in a training course before taking the examinations?


No. Applicants can apply to take the examination directly if they feel that they have the relevant knowledge, understanding and practical ability. Applications must be made through one of the official PDQB Examination Centres and all candidates must be registered with a Centre. It is the responsibility of the Centre to arrange the examination and appoint the Assessor. Under no circumstances can Tutors or Teachers, who are also approved PDQB Assessors, conduct assessments for candidates they have taught. Each of the Examination Centres offers a range of training programmes which lead to the PDQB examinations. The timing and structure of these programmes vary between Centres. Details can be obtained direct from any of the Centres.





Do I have to start at SCQF Level 2 for all of the Piping and Pipe Band Drumming categories of PDQB qualification?


The answer to this is simply No. Applicants can take an examination at any level provided that they are confident that they have the knowledge, understanding and practical ability. At each of the higher Levels, however, candidates will be expected to be able to answer questions related to, or meet the practical requirements of, the syllabus for the lower Levels.




Is it necessary to participate in a training course before taking the examinations?


No. Applicants can apply to take the examination directly if they feel that they have the relevant knowledge, understanding and practical ability. Applications must be made through one of the official PDQB Examination Centres and all candidates must be registered with a Centre. It is the responsibility of the Centre to arrange the examination and appoint the Assessor. Under no circumstances can Tutors or Teachers, who are also approved PDQB Assessors, conduct assessments for candidates they have taught. Each of the Examination Centres offers a range of training programmes which lead to the PDQB examinations. The timing and structure of these programmes vary between Centres. Details can be obtained direct from any of the Centres.





What is the SCQF?


The SCQF is a Scottish Government-supported initiative which promotes lifelong learning. The Framework describes courses and learning programmes which lead to qualifications, helps develop and identify progression routes, and allows individuals to make the most of opportunities to transfer Credit Points between qualifications. The SCQF has 12 Levels which reflect the progressive complexity of learning and Credit Points are used in each Level to quantify learning outcomes and give them a value or currency. SCQF Credit Points relate to the number of hours required to achieve a qualification. Each SCQF Credit Point equates to the learning outcomes achieved through a notional 10 hours of learning.
Full details of the SCQF can be obtained on www.scqf.org.uk




How will the SCQF help individuals with PDQB qualifications?


Linkage to the SCQF adds to the status of the qualifications and identifies the relationship with other qualifications in terms of learning outcomes and complexity. It may also be possible for individuals to transfer credit, where relevant, between PDQB qualifications and other music qualifications, as well as assist progression to higher level qualifications associated with Piping or Pipe Band Drumming (i.e. degree level qualifications taken through the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RASMD)). National accreditation and SCQF linkage should also facilitate credit links between PDQB qualifications and national systems in other countries.





What is the SCQF?


The SCQF is a Scottish Government-supported initiative which promotes lifelong learning. The Framework describes courses and learning programmes which lead to qualifications, helps develop and identify progression routes, and allows individuals to make the most of opportunities to transfer Credit Points between qualifications. The SCQF has 12 Levels which reflect the progressive complexity of learning and Credit Points are used in each Level to quantify learning outcomes and give them a value or currency. SCQF Credit Points relate to the number of hours required to achieve a qualification. Each SCQF Credit Point equates to the learning outcomes achieved through a notional 10 hours of learning.
Full details of the SCQF can be obtained on www.scqf.org.uk




How will the SCQF help individuals with PDQB qualifications?


Linkage to the SCQF adds to the status of the qualifications and identifies the relationship with other qualifications in terms of learning outcomes and complexity. It may also be possible for individuals to transfer credit, where relevant, between PDQB qualifications and other music qualifications, as well as assist progression to higher level qualifications associated with Piping or Pipe Band Drumming (i.e. degree level qualifications taken through the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RASMD)). National accreditation and SCQF linkage should also facilitate credit links between PDQB qualifications and national systems in other countries.





What is the SCQF?


The SCQF is a Scottish Government-supported initiative which promotes lifelong learning. The Framework describes courses and learning programmes which lead to qualifications, helps develop and identify progression routes, and allows individuals to make the most of opportunities to transfer Credit Points between qualifications. The SCQF has 12 Levels which reflect the progressive complexity of learning and Credit Points are used in each Level to quantify learning outcomes and give them a value or currency. SCQF Credit Points relate to the number of hours required to achieve a qualification. Each SCQF Credit Point equates to the learning outcomes achieved through a notional 10 hours of learning.
Full details of the SCQF can be obtained on www.scqf.org.uk




How will the SCQF help individuals with PDQB qualifications?


Linkage to the SCQF adds to the status of the qualifications and identifies the relationship with other qualifications in terms of learning outcomes and complexity. It may also be possible for individuals to transfer credit, where relevant, between PDQB qualifications and other music qualifications, as well as assist progression to higher level qualifications associated with Piping or Pipe Band Drumming (i.e. degree level qualifications taken through the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RASMD)). National accreditation and SCQF linkage should also facilitate credit links between PDQB qualifications and national systems in other countries.





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