Awarding and accrediting

SQA has two distinct parts, SQA Accreditation and SQA the awarding body.


As an awarding body, SQA develops, maintains, and improves a framework of qualifications. These can be gained at Scotland’s schools, colleges, employers and training providers.

They include:

A more detailed overview of SQA’s range of qualifications can be found in our qualifications portfolio.


As an accrediting body, SQA sets and maintains standards for many other awarding bodies.

We accredit qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), which provide evidence that learners can do their jobs well. Our accreditation role is similar to work by Ofqual in other parts of the UK.

SQA Accreditation provides extensive support and quality assurance which offers a badge of quality for awarding bodies and their customers,. 

Working with standards setting organisations and others in development of:

 Our accreditation function also plays an important role in supporting Foundation Apprenticeships and the wider Developing the Young Workforce policy, and our qualifications form part of the majority of Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeships.

As the Scottish qualifications regulator, we are called SQA Accreditation to avoid any confusion with SQA awarding.

Visit SQA Accreditation