What We Do
SQA’s functions are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Act 2002.
The organisation has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications.
- accredits qualifications other than degrees
- approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that plan to enter people for these qualifications
SQA Awarding Body:
- devises and develops qualifications
- validates qualifications (makes sure they are well written and meet the needs of learners and tutors)
- reviews qualifications to ensure they are up to date
- arranges for, assists in, and carries out, the assessment of people taking SQA qualifications
- quality-assures education and training establishments which offer SQA qualifications
- issues certificates to candidates
Within these roles we offer a range of services for businesses and training providers, ranging from course and centre approval through customised awards, to endorsement, credit rating and licensing services.
Our annual key objectives, developed with the Scottish Government, are set out in our corporate and business plans which are approved by Ministers. Find out more about our current objectives in our Corporate Plan 2016-19.