Welcome to the SQA homepage for NHS staff

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care: Qualifications for individuals working in roles which may cross between health and social care.


Administration and Business

Administration and Business: Qualifications for individuals who provide administrative or business services in NHSScotland. Includes business and administration services, IT, finance, and medical administration.



Clinical Support Workers

Clinical Healthcare Support Workers: Qualifications for individuals who work roles supporting clinical healthcare. Includes health, allied health professions, and child care.

Dental Services

Dental Services Qualifications for dental nurses, dental technicians and administrators working in the dental services.

Leadership and Management

Leadership and Management: Qualifications for individuals who have management responsibilities in NHSScotland.

Pharmacy Services

Pharmacy Services: Qualifications for pharmacy technicians and others supporting pharmacy services.

Learning and Development

Learning and Development: Qualifications for individuals who are supporting learning in the NHS workplace.

Science for Healthcare

Science Healthcare: Qualifications for individuals working in support roles which require scientific knowledge and skills. Includes qualifications in life sciences and physical sciences.

Support Services

Support Services: Qualifications for individuals working in non-clinical support services in NHSScotland. Includes estates and trades, and hotel services.

Joining the Health Service

Joining the Health Service Qualifications which individuals might already have when they apply to work in NHSScotland. Includes administration and business, health and social care, healthcare science, and support services.


On this site you can find detailed information about all SQA qualifications for NHS staff.

We have been working in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland to develop the VQ Finder website, which helps you find vocational qualifications particularly suited to those working in the NHS in Scotland.

All SQA qualifications on the VQ Finder can be delivered through SQA centres. If you are a learner, a training manager, or are interested in becoming and SQA approved centre, you can contact us directly at nhs@sqa.org.uk

Learning with the NHS

Owen Brewer"Working in the NHS has given me a really valuable skillset and the Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Programme has allowed me to really learn about working in the service."

Owen Brewer,
Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Engineering Maintenance
(Level 3)
NHS Lothian

Find out more, download MA Case Study Owen Brewer

Jenna Omand"I can see that I have been well managed, and would love to contribute in the same way. My manager had been an inspiration and I would like to see myself inspiring people in the same way in the future"

Jenna Omand,
Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Business and Administration
(Level 2)
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Find out more, download MA Case Study Jenna Omand (113 KB)

Nadine Duncan"The NHS has been a really important part of my life and has given me a great opportunity. I'd like to stay in the service and help apprentices of the future, sharing my expereinces with new people coming in."

Nadine Duncan,
Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Care (Level 2)
NHS Tayside

Find out more, download MA Case Study Nadine Duncan

In this case study, Gemma Cornell, MA in Creative & Digital Media at NES, and her manager Sarah Wright reflect on what the MA programme has meant for both of them. Find out more, download: Getting Creative, a new look at Modern Apprenitices in NHS Scotland. (312 KB)

Building on evidence of your own learning (621 KB) and using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to support your career development.

Testing The Certificate Of Work Readiness In NHS Education Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has an important role in supporting the learning of the NHS workforce across Scotland. Recently, it extended this work to look at how the newly-launched Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) might support NHS employers who offer work experience placements for young people...find out more

"NHS Ayrshire and Arran has been an established accredited SVQ Centre for many years offering SVQs in Business and Administration, Healthcare Support (clinical and non-clinical), Learning & Development, Management and Modern Apprenticeships in Dental Nursing. The delivery of these awards is aligned to the ethos of our organisation and its purpose, values and quality ambitions to support and enhance the provision of modern health services. Through our SVQ programmes candidates develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in the work setting to take on extended roles and career advancement. Some have also had the opportunity to take the learning and credit points gained into Further and Higher Education courses."

David Black,
Learning and Development Manager,
NHS Ayrshire and Arran