European Funded Projects

Over recent years SQA has managed and been a partner in five ESF funded  projects. These projects have enabled the creation of new qualifications and support materials across a wide range of curriculum areas that improve access to lifelong learning for Scotland's learners.

The projects have now ended but background information on ESF funded projects are in Previously Funded Projects.

Previously funded

Transforming Scottish Education Through Technology (TranSETT)

ESF Programme 2007-2013

The TranSETT project ran from June 2008 until March 2012. This exciting development enabled a number of high uptake National Certificates and National Progression Awards to be enhanced through the creation of e-assessments and web-based learning and teaching materials.

The e-assessment resources developed by SQA have been produced for either summative or formative use by learners, through the SOLAR e-assessment delivery system (

The e-learning and teaching materials, have been developed in partnership with Scotland's Colleges, and are available through their digital repository and also via the SQA Academy website (

To access information about all of the materials from TranSETT visit:

Skills for Scotland (S4S)

The S4S project ran from June 2008 until December 2011 and enabled the development of a SQA customised e-portfolio, Games Based Assessments and Support Materials for Skills for Work Courses.

The electronic support materials, which were developed in partnership with Scotland's colleges are available from Scotland's Colleges website.

Further information on the e-portfolio (DeskSpace) and Games Based Assessment (GamesSpace) is available on the Skills for Work section.

Teacher training qualifications in English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The TESOL project ran from April 2009 until February 2012. Three Professional Development Awards were created through the project as well as e-assessments and Teaching and Learning materials. The details of the PDA’s are:

  • PDA Introduction to Tutoring English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL) (SCQF level 6)
  • PDA in TESOL (SCQF level 9)
  • PDA in Applied Practitioners Studies in TESOL (SCQF level 10)

    For more information please visit our TESOL subject page

Modernising Scottish Higher National Provision (MSHNP)

ESF Programme 2000-2006

The MSHNP project ran from August 2004 to February 2008 and aided the modernisation programme for Higher National awards which SQA led.  One of the main access routes to employment and to advanced study within degree or other programmes in Scotland is through Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Diplomas (HNDs).  Funded by an ESF grant, this project revised over 1200 HN Unit descriptors and created nearly 1000 assessment exemplars. In addition, the project developed a new online assessment system and high quality learning and teaching materials which were provided to SQA approved centres in Scotland. 

The project was a partnership between the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), colleges, learning centres, the Scottish Further Education Unit, and the Colleges Open Learning Exchange Group (COLEG).
The following document lists all HN Support Materials currently available.

For further information or access to the published list of SOLAR online assessments for your curriculum area, please go to or contact your SOLAR College Coordinator.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The ESOL project ran from July 2005 to December 2007 and the ESF grant allowed SQA to develop ESOL qualifications at the following levels:
  • Intermediate 1
  • Intermediate 2
  • Higher

For more information please visit the ESOL subject pages

For further information on any of the above please contact:

Liam Campbell
European and External Funding Manager
E-mail: GRAPHIC: e-mail icon.
Phone: 0345 213 5000

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