21 May 2012
The Cadet Force Pipes and Drums Centre has recently become one of only five Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Approved Centres worldwide to deliver and assess the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB) qualifications in Scottish Bagpipes and Scottish Pipe Band Drumming. Previously, the cadets came under the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD). The new status will hugely benefit the Cadet Forces and expand uptake of the SQA/PDQB qualifications. Each qualification has a Level and Credit Points within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and can count towards further education and university places.
Major Jim Stout, ACF National Cadet Piping Executive Officer has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that all ACFA Piping and Drumming staff are of the highest calibre to deliver these qualifications. Delighted with the result Major Stout remarks: “For us to gain this approval is a huge step forward within the world of piping and drumming.”
The ACF Pipes and Drums wish to express a vote of gratitude to Tommy Dalman and Cadet Kit Shop for their assistance with the manufacture of the ACF tartan and uniform accoutrements and for their continued support to the Pipes and Drums.