Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
SQA’s functions are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Act 2002.
The organisation has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications.
- accredits qualifications other than degrees
- approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that plan to enter people for these qualifications
- Find out more about SQA Accreditation
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 we 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.