About The Scottish Qualifications Authority
About the Scottish Qualifications Authority
Everyone in Scottish education knows the Scottish Qualifications Authority by the abbreviation SQA.
SQA is the national body in Scotland for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees and some professional qualifications. It is responsible to the Scottish Government for the credibility, reliability and worth of its qualifications.
Our main functions are to:
approve centres to deliver SQA qualifications and to internally assess candidates
devise and develop qualifications
accredit and validate qualifications
moderate internally-assessed qualifications
carry out assessment of candidates
quality assure centres offering qualifications
certificate candidate achievements
SQA is run by a Board of non-executive members and an executive management team. Board members are appointed by the Scottish Government and are representative of the wide educational establishment in Scotland. An Advisory Council, established under the Scottish Qualifications Authority Act 2002, provides input from key stakeholder groups to provide advice and guidance to the Board on policy and operational issues.
Details of Board and Advisory Council members are available on this website:
The Chairmain is John McCormick MA MEd.
SQA has approximately 600 professional, administrative and ancillary staff operating from main sites in Glasgow city centre and Dalkeith.
The Chief Executive is Dr. Janet Brown
In addition to our office and field staff, we also employ a small army of over 21,000 teaching/lecturing professionals to help us administer and deliver our assessment, quality assurance and development functions. We hope at some point in your career you will work with us to deliver these functions and to contribute to the operations of Scotland's qualifications system.