About the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

SQA Optima Reception.SQA is the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland.

In our accreditation role, we accredit vocational qualifications that are offered across Scotland, including Scottish Vocational Qualifications and approve awarding bodies that wish to award them.

As an awarding body, we work with schools, colleges, universities, industry, and government, to provide high quality, flexible and relevant qualifications. We strive to ensure that our qualifications are inclusive and accessible to all, that they recognise the achievements of learners, and that they provide clear pathways to further learning or employment.

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SQA’s organisation

SQA is sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate. We employ over 700 people in Glasgow, Dalkeith and Newtongrange.

Scottish Qualifications

For further information about our qualifications, how they work and other services and support, please download a copy of our leaflet:

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