Of his own design

15th June 2007 at 01:00
Neil Griffiths is a bit closer than most to the Higher paper in architectural technology (to give it its proper title) - he wrote it. In the best traditions of neutral comment, he said the feedback suggested it was "challenging but fair".

This is the first year of the Higher exam in architectural technology, which replaced the course in construction at that level and is offered only in further education colleges. Mr Griffiths, a curriculum and quality leader in Forth Valley College's construction department (see right), says the opportunity was taken to update the course and the new title is a better reflection of the content, which focuses more strongly on design.

The course consists of a project, which accounts for 50 per cent of the marks, and the final exam. The number of candidates is small - there were 58 projects this year - but Mr Griffiths believes it is just as challenging as Higher maths or physics. The pass marks in the equivalent course over the years suggest that it is a fair exam, he added.

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