Privacy and Cookies Statement
This Privacy Statement sets out the data processing practices of the Scottish Qualifications Authority ('SQA') for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation, through the use of the internet and the World Wide Web. Please read and agree to these terms prior to sending us your details in any electronic communications or for any online transaction.
SQA has in place a valid notification with the Information Commissioner in terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. Find out more about Data Protection Registration.
SQA collects personal information from visitors to this website through the use of enquiry and order forms, and every time you e-mail us your details. We may monitor and collect the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of visitors to our site, and this information may be used for analysis and statistical purposes.
We will use the details you provide us for the provision of information about services, and for administration, sales and marketing. We may need to disclose your details to our agents and other service providers for these purposes. We may assess your suitability for certain services we provide and reserve the right to decline your request if this is considered justified.
We will not share your details with third parties other than those agents and service providers used to meet your requirements. By your provision of personal information to us, you consent to our processing sensitive personal data about you where this is necessary, for example health information, and are protected under the laws of the United Kingdom and other countries.
Given that the internet is a global environment, using the internet to collect and process personal data necessarily involves the transmission of data internationally. Therefore, by browsing this website and communicating electronically with us, you acknowledge and agree to our processing of your personal data in this way.
SQA respects your right of privacy. If you tell us that you do not wish to have your personal information used in the ways we have specified, we will respect your wishes. You have a right to apply for a copy of the information about you that we hold (for which we may charge a small fee) and to have any inaccuracies corrected by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Subject Access Request Form (275 KB)
If you do not wish to be contacted for marketing purposes, please e-mail us on email@example.com, but remember that if you do so we will be unable to provide you with information about latest publications etc.
- Cookies are small text files stored on your device and used by website operators in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the operators of the website or certain third parties. Each cookie usually contains a unique string of characters, which allows a website to distinguish your browser or device from other users. In this cookies policy, we also use the term "cookie" to mean any other similar technology, such as web beacons, local stored objects (such as "Flash cookies"), and pixel tags.
Cookies we use
We use the following cookies on this Website:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of this Website.
Purpose Cookie Name Description Expiration
This cookie ensures delivery of this website, by distributing workload across multiple computing resources.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around this Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way this Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Purpose Cookie Name Description Expiration
These cookies are used to monitor website traffic, search queries and visits to this website.
_utma – 2 years
_utmb – 30 minutes
_utmc – Session
_utmt – 10 minutes
_utmz – 6 months
_ga - 2 years
_gat - 10 minutes
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to this Website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Product / Purpose Cookie Name Description Expiration
This cookie is used to track consent, and allow users to control how cookies are set when using this site
This cookie is used to track sessions on SQA.org.uk and the past papers application
This cookie is set after performing a search through the SQA.org.uk website.
This cookie is used for the Postcode Finder service
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to this Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make this Website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.Not used on SQA.org.uk
- Third Party Cookies. In addition to the cookies listed above, we also use the following third party cookies for performance and functional purposes, to provide additional function and to make it easier for you to share content on this Website. These are cookies that are set by a third party when you access this Website, and controlled by that third party.
Product Cookie Name Description Expiration
This cookie is set when you opt to listen to a particular page.
These cookies relate to the iPerceptions survey that appears on SQA.org.uk, with the last being set only after participation in the survey.
ipe_s – Session
ipe.pageViewedCount – Session
IPE – 3 months
These cookies relate to the user's YouTube preferences.
YSC – Session
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE – 8 months
Accepting and rejecting cookies
- Please note that Cookie Control uses a cookie to remember your preferences. If you clear any cookies from your browser or device then you will need to reactivate your Cookie Control preferences when you next visit this Website.
- This cookies policy may be amended by us at any time. Please check this page periodically so that you are aware of any changes.
- Contact us
- For further information from us on any of this cookies policy or for any queries relating to them, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0345 279 1000 or write to us at The Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8DQ.