SQA is the statutory awarding body for qualifications in Scotland. Its duties are to develop, validate, quality assure and award a national framework of qualifications for Scotland. In addition, SQA has a statutory duty as the regulator for National Qualifications in Scotland as defined by the Equality Act (2010).
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has high standards – for themselves and for customers. They strive to ensure that our 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.
- 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 center approval through customized awards, to endorsement, credit rating and licensing services.