About the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

SQA Optima Reception.SQA helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services.

We work with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver our qualifications and assessments. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists support SQA operations annually, helping to ensure that SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.

SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. In addition, SQA provides advice, support and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to succeed in meeting a wide range of educational and workforce development challenges.

Based in Scotland, we work across the UK and internationally. Our people take great pride in offering exceptional customer service — which is acknowledged by government organisations, universities, businesses and individuals throughout the world.

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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.