This document details the criteria that SQA's Accrediting Body will use to accredit qualifications and to approve and monitor Awarding Bodies. These criteria replace those set out in the SVQ Criteria and guidance for Awarding Bodies (April 1999).
This guide will help awarding bodies to interpret our criteria. It has a numbre of aims. First, it will provide you with general guidance on the interpretation of our criteria. Second, it highlights key documents that may be requested during an SQA systems audit. Third, it provides some suggested timescales. Finally, it gives you some useful contact details and provides a glossary of terms.
Standards Setting Bodies (SSCs and SSBs) are responsible for agreeing with the regulatory bodies (SQA, Ofqual, CCEA and Welsh Government) how National Occupational Standards will be used in the development of SVQs and NVQs. To be recognised as a SVQ, all proposed qualifications must be accredited by SQA in accordance with the criteria for SVQs. These criteria are linked to the SQA Awarding Body Criteria (2007) and, therefore, both should be read in conjunction with each other.
SQA Accreditation has been considering new ways of simplifying their activities and have been working with the Qualifications Regulators from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to draft common regulations as a set of high level principles.
We are proposing to use these Common Regulations as to regulate qualifications and Awarding Bodies. The intention is to reduce the burden on Awarding Bodies and permit more innovative and flexible ways of delivering qualifications, yet at the same time maintain quality and rigour.
The documents below were circulated as part of the consultation which concluded in December 2009.
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