This section lists publications which contain general information about the Scottish Qualifications Authority, its qualifications and services. Some are aimed at a wide audience and some at particular groups of people - like employers, schools, colleges or other training providers. Some of the publications are available to download in PDF format by clicking on their title.
Due to the size of this section, we have split it into four areas to keep it easy to navigate:
This section describes the quality assurance procedures SQA carries out every year to make sure that the awards made to candidates for National Qualifications are fair, and that standards are rigorously maintained from year to year.
The National Qualifications covered are at: Standard Grade, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher. This also includes Project-based National Courses (PBNCs).
This brochure is aimed at education and training professionals. It gives an overview of the role and functions of SQA, covering development and accreditation of qualifications, assessment and quality assurance (revised edition).
Free, AD0405/3, September 2002
Detailed statistics on SQA qualifications for the previous session, with commentary on uptake, attainment, and characteristics of candidates undertaking SQA qualifications.
Free, June 2007
Regular newsletter from SQA with information about Core Skills in National Qualifications.
Guide to support teachers, lecturers and trainers who are delivering (or considering delivering) any of these seven Access 1 Units:
Free, BA1943, November 2003
Guide providing both general and subject-specific guidance on the evidence to be considered when submitting Estimates of candidates' likely attainment in the external assessment of National Courses, and when preparing an Assessment Appeal. Replaces Estimates and Assessment Appeals: guidance on generating evidence (April 2004).
Free, BA0992, June 2006
An authoritative set of orthographic conventions for use when dealing with Gaelic examination papers and scripts.
Free, BB4616, November 2009
Leaflet explaining how SQA makes sure that the high standards people expect of Scottish qualifications are maintained.
Free, AD1068/3, September 2002
For further information about our qualifications, how they work and other services and support, please download a copy of our leaflet:
This leaflet is also available in other languages, via the following links:
To order any of the publications listed, contact SQA's Customer Contact Centre quoting the publication code (unless otherwise indicated) or print, complete and return our Order Form (414 KB). You can order any of our publications by credit card, Delta or by Switch.
Business Development & Customer Support Team
Scottish Qualifications Authority
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58 Robertson Street
Tel: 0303 333 0330
Fax: 0345 213 5000
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We are very keen to receive your views on how useful SQA's publications are to you in offering our qualifications. If you have comments on a document, or more general points about our publications, please note them down on our Publication Feedback form.