Scottish Qualification Authority | SQA

SQA provides a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. They work with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver their qualifications and assessments. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists support SQA operations annually, and help ensure that SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners' knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study. SQA provides advice, support and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to succeed in meeting a wide range of educational and workforce development challenges.

Based in Scotland, SQA works across the UK and internationally. It is sponsored by the Scottish Government's Learning Directorate. The organisation has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications.

SQA Accreditation:

  • Accredits qualifications other than degrees
  • Approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that plan to enter people for these qualifications

SQA Awarding Body:

  • Devises and develops qualifications
  • Validates qualifications (makes sure they are well written and meet the needs of learners and tutors)
  • Reviews qualifications to ensure they are up to date
  • Arranges for, assists in, and carries out, the assessment of people taking SQA qualifications
  • Quality-assures education and training establishments which offer SQA qualifications
  • Issues certificates to candidates

Within these roles they offer a range of services for businesses and training providers, ranging from course and centre approval through customised awards, to endorsement, credit rating and licensing services. They strive to ensure that their qualifications are inclusive and accessible to all, that they recognise the achievements of learners, and that they provide clear pathways to further learning or employment.

You can find more information about SQA and our partnership by clicking here.