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High achievers of all ages to be recognised at SQA Star Awards

Finalists for this year's SQA Star Awards have been announced.

National Qualifications - update

SQA welcomes the Deputy First Minister's announcement regarding the National Qualifications, made at #SLF16.

Jaguar time capsule competition launched with V&A Dundee

SQA, V&A Dundee, and Jaguar launch a unique design competition for Higher Design and Manufacture candidates.

Spohrt gains SQA approval

SQA approves Spohrt to deliver employability awards, enabling sports people to progress with their careers.

SQA at Offshore Europe 2011

SQA will be attending this year’s Offshore Europe exhibition as part of the International Energy Skills and Training Alliance (IESTA) stand at location 1D80.

SQA hosts results day celebration for Who Cares Scotland

SQA welcomed candidates to celebrate their results and achievements

Results for National Courses and Awards 2016

SQA announces the results for National Courses and Awards 2016.

SQA statement on Higher English

Latest update from SQA re. Higher English

UWS buddies up at Herald Higher Education Awards

UWS celebrates its success at The Herald Higher Education Awards, which were supported by SQA

Subject Review Reports – your questions answered

We've produced a Q&A answering questions about our Subject Review Reports.


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Certificate of Work Readiness launched

New qualification offers 16 to 19 year olds first step on the career ladder.

Star set to shine at SQA awards ceremony

Students, teachers, schools, colleges, employers and training providers from across Scotland are among the finalists in this year’s SQA Star Awards.

Curriculum for Excellence Liaison Team

SQA's new Curriculum for Excellence Liaison Team will provide a dedicated resource for every school, college and Local Education Authority throughout Scotland.

Next steps for National Qualifications

and our response to the EIS Indicative Ballot

SQA exams are underway

Today sees the start of the SQA exams period for tens of thousands of pupils and students across Scotland.

Edinburgh school disruption - SQA Update

Update from SQA on recent school building closures in Edinburgh

Horticulture apprentice recognised at Lantra Scotland awards

Ross Gallacher, an apprentice gardener from Glasgow, was named Modern Apprentice of the Year Award at this year's Lantra Scotland awards

Steadfast and Sure: youth work stalwarts recognised at awards

Four dedicated youth workers were recognised at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards.

College marketers shine on a night of celebration

West College Scotland swept the board at the College Development Network Marketing Awards

SQA hosts college quality event

SQA recently hosted its annual College Quality Managers’ event at its offices in Dalkeith.

Become a MA at SQA - Modern Apprenticeship recruitment gets underway

Find out what it takes to become a MA at SQA.

SQA website unavailable on 27 February

Our websites will be unavailable between 9am and 4pm on Saturday 27 February.

CodeClan offering SQA's PDA in Software Development

CodeClan to offer its students a Professional Development Award (PDA) from the SQA. 

SQA supports Safer Internet Day 2016

SQA supports Safer Internet Day 2016 - ‘Play your part for a better Internet’.

SQA shortlisted for three CIM Marketing Excellence Awards

SQA announced as a finalist in three categories for the CIM Marketing Excellence Awards 2016.

SQA publishes Annual Review 2014­–15

SQA has published its Annual Review for 2014/15.

National Qualifications examinations get underway

Today marks the start of National Qualifications exams for tens of thousands of young people across Scotland.

Inverness College UHI wins at CDN Awards

Inverness College UHI named as winner of Changing Colleges Award, sponsored by SQA.


SQA publishes NQ 2015 Post Results Services Statistics

SQA has published statistics for its Post Results Services which ran during the 2014-15 academic year. 

High achievements honoured at SQA Star Awards

SQA honours its Stars from throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh.

Selex ES wins at Scottish MA Awards

Selex ES named as Scotland?s Large Employer of the Year, sponsored by SQA

Partnerships in food education are recipe for success

SQA films highlight partnership working to support Scotland?s food and drink industry.


SQA co-hosts international symposium on vocational assessment

SQA, AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd. and AEA Europe hosted a symposium on vocational assessment.

SQA publishes new research on take up of HN qualifications across Scotland

SQA has published new research that highlights patterns of achievement in Higher National qualifications.

SQA renews agreement with Scottish Training Federation

SQA has re-signed a memorandum of understanding with the STF

CLC and SQA announce strategic partnership in legal education

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) and the SQA have announced a new strategic partnership.

SQA announces new Cyber Security Awards

SQA has announced a suite of new digital security awards available at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6.

SQA Customised Awards - Nikki's milestone achievement

A librarian from Wigtown in Dumfries is 1,000th candidate to complete a Customer Service Professional Award

Diploma to Degree: A pathway to success with Scottish Qualifications Authority

New film highlights the value of SQA?s Higher National qualifications and partnership agreements.

Internal Verification: A Guide for Centres

The Internal Verification: A Guide for Centres offering SQA Qualifications is intended to provide support for all centres involved in the internal quality assurance of SQA qualifications. It explains the purpose of internal verification and contains information on specific aspects of internal verification.

SQA introduces Ushare

SQA has launched Ushare; an online community that allows users to comment on, rate and share links to resources

SQA continues its commitment to Gaelic at Royal National Mòd

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has reaffirmed its commitment to Gaelic with a number of initiatives which it hopes will support the uptake of the language among learners across Scotland.

Young people in care celebrate their achievements

As a Corporate Parent, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) spent time with some young people in care on Results Day.

Results for National Courses and Awards 2015

Results certificates are being sent to 142,862 candidates across Scotland. The candidates have been rewarded for completing coursework, exams and unit assessments throughout the academic year 2014-15 in a wide range of qualifications and subjects to suit all learners.

University of Glasgow win higher education award

SQA presents award for Outstanding Employer Engagement to University of Glasgow.

DWF win prestigious Scottish Business in the Community award

Legal firm DWF win Scottish Business in the Community Award for Closing the Education Gap, sponsored by SQA.

Engineering careers with SQA National Certificate

New SQA film demonstrates the benefits of partnership working to deliver an innovative scholarship programme in electrical engineering...

Last day of SQA 2015 Exam Diet

The 2015 SQA National Qualifications and Awards diet concludes today

SQA examinations about to get underway

Thousands of candidates across Scotland are set to begin their SQA examinations on Tuesday 28 April.

SQA pledges support for Who Cares Scotland

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) pledges its support for the Who Cares? Scotland ?Listen-Act-Unite? campaign.

QA2015–18: Designed to prepare you for success

SQA?s approach to Quality Assurance of Higher National and Vocational Qualifications for the next three years.

Apprentice scoops top prize at Lantra Scotland awards

Gamekeeper Calum Low was named Modern Apprentice of the Year at the Lantra Scotland Awards, supported by SQA.

SQA showcases Wider Achievement Awards

Find out how our Wider Achievement Awards are being used by centres and the benefits they offer learners.

Outstanding achievements honoured at SQA Star Awards

Stars from across Scotland - and around the world - gathered in Glasgow to celebrate SQA's annual awards

LifeScan Scotland wins at Scottish MA Awards

Inverness-based LifeScan Scotland Ltd has been named Large Employer of the Year at the 2014 Scottish Modern Apprenticship Awards.

SQA Star Awards - Nominate Now!

Our annual star awards are a unique way to celebrate the Success, Triumph, Achievement and Recognition of the best in Scottish education and training.

SQA statement on the Wood Commission Report

SQA provides an initial reply to the report published by the Wood Commission

SQA professional learning programme accredited by GTCS

SQA has had its SSLN Support Assessor Programme accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Preparing to succeed – Scottish Education Awards 2014

An ambitious employability and personal development strategy has won a Scottish Education Award.

Quality Assurance programme announced for 2014-2015

Verification selection set to reduce by a third

Registration for SLF 2014 now open

Book you place at Scotland's biggest celebration of education and learning

Modern Apprentices succeed at SQA

Our first Modern Apprentice has completed his course and accepted a full-time position

Universities study up on new National Qualifications

Representatives from Scottish universities and gather today to hear from SQA about the new National Qualifications that support CfE

Game Changer ceremony celebrates Commonwealth legacy

Scotland?s colleges and universities help create a lasting legacy from the XX Commonwealth Games

SQA announces new partnership with SignVideo

SQA is the first awarding body in the UK to offer a live video link to BSL users

New award supports legacy commitments

SQA has validated a new PDA in Outside Broadcasting which will be made available to learners working on the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Quality assuring the new National Qualifications

SQA has announced that it is modifying the approach to quality assurance of the new National Qualifications, with immediate effect.

SQA supports Lantra Scotland awards

SQA sponsored the Modern Apprentice of the Year category at the 2014 Lantra Scotland awards

Food for thought - new qualification is the making of pupils

SQA has launched the a new Skills for Work course in Food and Drink Manufacturing at Bathgate Academy

SQA Statement on Results Services

SQA has introduced two new services which replace the former absentee consideration and exam appeals system.

SQA renews Memorandum of Undertanding with Cisco

SQA has renewed its commitment to working with leading-edge technology companies by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Cisco.

SQA responds to SSTA survey

SQA responds to the recent SSTA survey

Saltcoats bakery serves up Scotch Pie of the Year

Saltcoats bakery, The Kandy Bar, has cooked up a storm and been named the 15th annual World Scotch Pie Champion.

Show Racism the Red Card creative competition enters its tenth year

Deadline for this year's competition is Friday 31 January

SQA response to EIS survey

Dr Janet Brown, SQA chief executive, responds to the EIS survey regarding the introduction of the new National Qualifications.

Dundee and Angus College wins Employer Engagement Award

Dundee and Angus College wins Employer Engagement Award at College Development Network's annual dinner

McPherson Transport named Scotland's top training operator

Elgin based McPherson Transport have been named Scotland's Training Operator of the Year at the Transport News Rewards breakfast.

Modern Apprentices honoured at awards ceremony

SQA supported Skills Development Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the Year awards ceremony.

SQA Star Awards 2013 - Winners Announced

Learners from across Scotland gathered to celebrate scores of outstanding achievements at the annual SQA Star Awards.

SQA investigates opportunities with Mozilla's Open Badges

SQA is working with Mozilla to investigate how their Open Badges can benefit learners.

SQA serves up new alcohol licensing qualifications

SQA launches new alcohol licensing qualifications to help businesses comply with the recent legislation.

SQA signs agreement with SCILT

SQA has signed a new agreement with SCILT to promote the benefits of learning modern languages.

SQA serves up qualifications and training on a plate

SQA has launched a new suite of materials showcasing its qualifications dedicated to the field to table sector.

Nominations now open for Lantra Scotland Awards

SQA is sponsoring the eleventh annual Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2013.

Scottish schools demonstrate how skills give pupils the edge

School and colleges across the country are providing the inspiration for a group of Indian education specialists visiting Scotland this week

New National Qualifications

Dr Gill Stewart, Director of Qualifications Development, explains some of the changes to the new National Qualifications.

Logistics Event - 25 September 2013

Customers working in Logistics have an opportunity to discuss the sector's latest topics.

Response to The Herald - Classical Greek

SQA responds to an innacuracy reported in The Herald on Saturday 10 August.

Results for National Courses and Awards 2013

SQA today announces details of the results for National Courses and Awards 2013.

SQA begins ADR driver training photo-card re-issue

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will be replacing all UK ADR driver training photo cards issued since 29 October 2012, as part of its administration of the photo card certificates for the Dangerous Goods Driver Training on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

SQA - Supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Monday 21 to Friday 25 May

Scottish Apprenticeship Week celebrates the value Modern Apprenticeships bring to employers, to the economy and to the lives of those who are building a successful career from the skills they are learning. More and more employers are showing their support for Scottish Apprenticeship Week and demonstrating the value Modern Apprentices bring to their businesses.

Malaysia recognises HND qualifications

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency has formally recognised one of our HNDs.

SQA response to Higher Maths coverage

Dr Gill Stewart, SQA Director of Qualifications Development, responds to media coverage regarding the 2013 Higher Maths exam.

Island partnership scoops education award

A team from the Western Isles has won a Scottish Education Award, sponsored by SQA.

Registration for SLF 2013 now open

Registration is now open.

SQA supports Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week 2013

SQA is getting behind Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week, 20-24 May 2013.

SQA Board Appointments

Minister for Learning, Science & Scotland?s Languages, Alasdair Allan MSP, has announced the appointment of Roger Stewart to the Board of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Exams underway as page turns on next generation of National Qualifications

Today marks the start of final assessments in Standard Grades, Intermediates, Highers and Advanced Highers for thousands of Scotland's young people.

NASA challenge blasts off in Scotland for the first time

SQA is sponsoring the International SpaceApps Challenge, which is being held in Scotland for the first time this weekend.

SQA set to run new Petroleum Driver Passport

SQA has been named scheme manager for the new Petroluem Driver Passport

SQA responds to Higher Maths issues

Video responses from Dr Gill Stewart Director of Qualifications Development, regarding recent news stories critical of SQA's preparations for the 2013 Higher Mathematics exam and outlining SQA's approach to grade boundaries for Higher Mathematics in 2012.

Youth work champions celebrated at national awards

SQA sponsored the Lifetime Achievement Award at Youthlink Scotland's national awards.

SQA enters into agreement with BCS

SQA has signed a new agreement with one of Britain?s leading bodies for IT professionals.

Dalkeith pupil named Scotland's top hospitality student

A Dalkeith High School pupil has been named Scotland's Top Hospitality Student 

GLOW Roadshow - 19 January 2013

We are hosting a GLOW Roadshow for teachers on  Saturday 19 January 2013

SCQFP launches latest research phase

The SCQF Partnership is looking for learners and teachers to participate in its latest research project.

SQA - Exporting Scottish qualifications and expertise

Marking UK Trade and Investment Export Week, SQA launches its revised International website.

Stars shine bright at SQA Awards

SQA celebrates outstanding achievements and individual success stories our annual Star Awards.

SQA introduces first Modern Apprentices

Two Midlothian school-leavers have become our first modern apprentices.

SQA Confirms Commitment to Gaelic at Royal National Mòd

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has reaffirmed its commitment to Gaelic with a number of initiatives which it hopes will support the uptake of the language among learners across Scotland.

SQA and CACHE in landmark Functional Skills partnership

Agreement launches SQA Functional Skills qualifications as part of the CACHE Apprenticeship packages.

SQA Chairman reappointed

Graham Houston reappointed as SQA Chairman.

Working Together – SQA and Tribal

SQA and Tribal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, bringing together an extremely experienced international awarding organisation and one of the country?s leading providers of applied technology and professional support services to the learning and skills sector.

Ayrshire teachers go stateside for global pilot scheme

Six South Ayrshire teachers return to their classrooms to roll-out a pioneering programme

Personal Finance Award – Review and Enhancement Project

The Personal Finance Award is one of SQA?s most popular and successful qualifications delivered by more than 150 centres across Scotland every year.  It is assessed online using SQA?s SOLAR e-assessment system. (

SQA signs partnership agreement with BTL

SQA has signed a five-year assessment agreement with BTL Group Ltd

SQA launches two new Scottish Baccalaureate qualifications

SQA launches two new Scottish Baccalaureate qualifications in Expressive Arts and Social Science.

Midlothian youngsters in the frame at SQA's Art Open Day

Talented artists from across Midlothian gathered to see their work exhibited for the first time.

Senior SQA staff visit Shawfair office

Senior SQA staff visited the site of our new offices at Shawfair Business Park, to see how work has progressed since construction began last year.

SQA Launches Gaelic Language Plan

SQA has launched its Gaelic Language Plan.

SQA Staff Give Fairtraders a 'Fair Chance'

SQA staff have promoted the Fairtrade concept this week through a variety of activities.

New Professional Development Award Launched

A new Professional Development Award in Childhood Practice at Level 9 has now been launched.

Safer Surfing with SQA

Sign up to our free Internet Safety taster course!

Skills for Work Laboratory Science Support Network Event

We are sorry to advise delegates that the above event has now been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.  However this event will be rescheduled and take place in March 2010. All delegates who have booked on the event will be informed of the new date in due course.

Website Satisfaction Survey

Tell us what you think of the redesigned SQA website. Your feedback is an invaluable resource and will help inform any future changes and developments to the site.

Higher Mental Health Care Review Report

The independent Review Group set up by SQA and Scotland's Colleges to examine the assessment and quality assurance of the Higher Mental Health Care qualification is now publishing its findings.

SQA is Glasgow's Happiest Healthiest Workplace

SQA has won the Happiest Healthiest Workplace Award at the Glasgow Business Awards 2010.

Closure of 5-14 National Assessment Bank (NAB)

The 5-14 National Assessment Bank will be closed on 2 July, at the end of the summer term this year.  This decision has been made by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Improved Site

We have redesigned, based on user feedback, to make it easier to navigate and to allow different kinds of users to find what they are looking for more easily.

National Qualifications: Online Question Paper Survey 2010

We'd like to invite teaching colleagues involved in a number of subjects to take a few moments to complete our online survey.

Students praised for producing teaching resources

SQA has recognised students for their contribution to a teaching resource that will benefit the next generation of English language tutors.

10 Years of Marked Achievement

SQA was established in April 1997 to combine the roles of the Scottish Vocational Education Council (SCOTVEC) and the Scottish Examination Board (SEB). We are now responsible for the development, assessment and certification of most qualifications in Scotland (except university degrees). 1.25 million Scots hold an SQA qualification!

Curriculum for Excellence Management Board Announcement

Education Secretary Michael Russell has confirmed that there will be no delay to the roll out of Curriculum for Excellence in secondary schools this August.

Disability Equality Scheme 2010-13

SQA has developed its Disability Equality Scheme for 2010-13 in line with legislative requirements Disability Equality Scheme and Action Plan 2010?13. The DES 2010-13 replaces the DES and associated action plan for 2007-09

SQA Licensing Qualifications Accredited

We have developed four new qualifications to support the Licensed Trade sector in implementing the mandatory PLH qualification and staff training requirements arising from the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.