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SQA go digital to congratulate care-experienced candidates' results

SQA staff and their families, and representatives from Who Cares? Scotland and MCR Pathways, have congratulated care-experienced young people on their achievements today

Scottish Qualifications Authority publishes 2020 Attainment Statistics

The Scottish Qualifications Authority announces the results for National Courses - National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher and a range of vocational qualifications for 2020.

SQA outlines Results Day support for students

More than 130,000 young people across Scotland are about to receive the results for their National Qualifications, courses, certificates, and awards.

SQA response to Scottish Parliament Education & Skills Committee letter of 15 June 2020

SQA responds to the letter issued Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee, published on 15 June 2020.

SQA qualifications 2021 – a message for SQA centres

SQA provides a short update on the work we are doing to make alternative arrangements for the delivery of our qualifications for the 2020-21 session.

Awarding 2020 - Post-Certification Review (Appeals) Service - Information for centres

We have published information for centres regarding the free appeals (post certification review) service we will use this year.

Joint statement from Colleges Scotland, SQA, Skills Development Scotland and Universities Scotland on Foundation Apprenticeships

Update from Colleges Scotland, SQA, SDS and Universities Scotland regarding Foundation Apprentices due to complete in 2020.

National Qualifications 2020 Awarding - an update for schools and colleges

Following the receipt of refined estimates for learners from schools and colleges across Scotland, we have issued a further update on our work this year, including details of our free appeals service.

Awarding 2020 - Thank you from Fiona Robertson

A thank you message from Fiona Robertson, SQA Chief Executive.

Joint statement from SQA and Skills Development Scotland on Foundation Apprenticeships

SQA and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are committed to supporting learners who are undertaking a Foundation Apprenticeship, at this exceptionally difficult time.

SQA Coronavirus Update – SQA response to Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee

A copy of the response sent by SQA Chief Executive, and Scotland's Chief Examining Officer Fiona Robertson, to the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee.

Qualifications 2020 - Message to College Heads of Centre, and SQA Co-ordinators

Information on assessment guidance for colleges in Scotland.

SQA National Courses – Delivering Results in 2020

SQA provides an update on the estimates process it has developed to deliver this year's National Qualifications.

Joint statement from SQA and Colleges Scotland - Update to colleges

Further joint statement from SQA and Colleges Scotland covering assessing HNC, HND, NC, NPA and NQ units; resulting and certification, and external verification.

SQA providing apprenticeship opportunities in Glasgow and Midlothian

Applications are open for this year’s intake of Modern Apprentices at SQA.

Apprentices celebrated at rural skills awards

SQA supported Lantra Scotland's ALBAS Awards.

SQA statement on coursework for National Courses

Schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses

SQA - Coronavirus Update

Guidance on the completion of coursework and our approach to certification will be available soon

Statement by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer

SQA has been working through a range of scenarios in relation to the exam diet

Scottish Government and SQA joint statement on the Coronavirus, and impact on August 2020 certification

Impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the 2020 examination timetable, and wider qualifications certification

SQA Statement on the Coronavirus, and impact on the National Qualifications 2020 Examinations Timetable

Possible impact of the Coronavirus on the National Qualifications 2020 Examinations Timetable

Winners dazzle in the spotlight at SQA’s Star Awards

Find out which stars shone brightest at our annual awards.

Employer partnerships celebrated at Herald Higher Education Awards

Edinburgh Napier University, and West Lothian College were among the winners at the Herald's Higher Education Awards.

SQA Stars light up the sky

Find out more about the winners from this year's SQA Star Awards!

Business success celebrated at Learning Disability Awards

SQA attended the Awards as sponsors of the Enterprise category.

Nominate your brightest stars for SQA awards

Nominate for SQA Star Awards 2018 by Friday 29 June

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College innovation celebrated at CDN Awards

SQA sponsored the 'Essential Skills' award.

Cyber Security teaching celebrated at awards

SQA sponsored the 'Cyber Security Teacher of the Year' category.

Apprenticeships take centre stage at awards

SQA sponsored the 'Large Employer of the Year' Award at the 2019 Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Scottish Qualifications Authority publishes results for 2019 National Courses and Awards

SQA announces the results for National Courses, and a range of vocational qualifications for 2019.

Growth and development of Gaelic Medium Education discussed at national event

SQA, working with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Education Scotland, and the Scottish Government, met with practitioners to discuss a new Gaelic Medium education action plan.

SQA celebrate technology in education and Scottish Digital Business Awards

We helped celebrate technology in education at the ceremony

SQA seeks new board members

We are looking for applicants to join our Board of Management.

SQA publishes 2017-18 Post-Results Services Statistics

Statistics for SQA's 2017-18 Post-Results Services are now available.

New SQA Chief Executive Appointed

Fiona Robertson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of SQA, and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer.

Renfrew High pupils experience work placement at SQA

S3 pupils from Renfew High School joined SQA for a DYW workforce project to review exam and coursework guidance documents for candidates

SQA responds to industrial action ballot

We work co-operatively and collaboratively with trade unions, and we assure everyone the 2019 examinations are on track.

SQA statement on planned industrial action by the Unite trade union

We are committed to working in partnership with the Unite union and have made significant progress.

SQA celebrates Care Experienced Week

SQA took part in the Who Cares? Scotland Lifetime of Love Rally.

Glasgow teenagers get taste of working life

The young people spent a morning at SQA thanks to the MCR Pathway's Talent Taster programme.

Teachers perfect their practical skills at Understanding Standards events

They have been attending a number of Understanding Standards events

Develop your digital skills this Get Online Week

SQA’s range of Digital Learning Guides are a great place to start.

SQA Annual Statistics Published

We have published three sets of statistical data regarding our portfolio of qualifications, in the 2017-18 session.

High-flying duo head for Harvard

Two Care Experienced young women are about to embark upon a life-changing summer adventure at Harvard University.

Real Responsibilities - Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019

Delivering successful Modern Apprenticeship opportunities at SQA.

SQA supports the Scottish Training Federation Annual Conference and Awards

SQA were the main sponsors of the recent Scottish Training Federation (STF) Annual Conference and Awards.

Digital technology celebrated at awards

SQA presented the Education & Training Award at the Herald Digital Business Awards.

SQA helps Motherwell pupils get work ready

Volunteers from SQA ran an employability workshop at Our Lady's High School.

College and university achievements celebrated

SQA celebrated partnerships between employers and colleges and universities at the Herald Higher Education Awards.

SQA launches new Mental Health Awareness award

SQA has announced the launch of new Mental Health and Wellbeing awards at SCQF lv4, and lv5.

Successful Cyber Security Pathways - Cyber Scotland Week 2019

Demand for SQA's Cyber Security courses ‘skyrockets’ among school and college students.

SQA Star Awards 2019 - Get nominating!

You now have until Friday 5 July to shine a light on excellence in education and training.

SQA recognises teacher achievements at GTCS Awards

We helped recognise teacher achievements at the Awards ceremony.

SQA exams get underway

Today sees the start of the SQA exams period for tens of thousands of young people across Scotland.

SQA publishes Candidate and Centre Malpractice Data 2017-18

As the regulator for National Qualifications in Scotland, SQA has published information on malpractice in 2017-18.

SQA celebrates results achievements of care-experienced candidates

SQA hosted a celebration event in which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP presented care-experienced candidates with their results.

SQA celebrates International Women's Day

Staff heard inspirational life stories from some of the women across SQA and beyond.

New SQA award to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

We're developing new National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing.

SQA Chief Executive to retire in 2019

SQA’s Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, Dr Janet Brown, has decided to retire.

SQA exams and assessments get underway

SQA exams and assessments begin tomorrow for tens of thousands of young people across Scotland.

Unique partnership set to improve access to counselling training in Scotland

SQA and the BACP have announced a unique parnership that will improve access to the counselling profession.

SQA and SCMA announce new childcare award

SQA and the SCMA announce a new work based award for childminders.

TEDxYouth@Glasgow inspires young people across Scotland

We were proud to support the very first TEDxYouth@Glasgow conference - find out more!

Highfliers Lauren and Andi celebrate after Harvard experience

Students Andi Stannard, and Lauren Tenn Mills have successfully completed their Harvard Summer School Placement.

Maths Week Scotland returns

Maths Week Scotland returns, and SQA is celebrating mathematics in everyday life.

SQA celebrates exam achievements of care-experienced candidates

SQA, Who Cares? Scotland and MCR Pathways celebrate the #SQAresults of care-experienced candidates.

Scottish competitors are world class at international skills event

Scottish competitors take part in the annual skills event.

School successes celebrated at Scottish Education Awards

SQA presented the Employability and Creativity across Learning Award

SQA ESOL qualifications benchmarked by UK NARIC

Courses confirmed as meeting international language standard. 

Interdisciplinary Learning: preparing for the future

SQA Chief Executive Dr Janet Brown discussed Scottish Baccalaureates at a recent RSE event.

SQA recognises innovative employers at Herald Diversity Awards

We attended the awards as sponsors of the DiversityThrough Education category.

Star Awards set to shine a light on finalists’ achievements

The finalists for SQA Star Awards 2019 have been announced.

SQA collaboration shortlisted for top award

A partnership with the British Academy of Jewellery sees SQA shortlisted for a FAB Award.

New qualification for Scotland's museums

First of its kind qualification is paving the way for a career in the sector.

SQA opens TICA's expanded training centre

TICA are a national centre for thermal insulation apprenticeships. 

SQA staff announce new charity partners

SQA staff will fundraise for the charities over the next two years.

Volunteer Managers celebrated at Midlothian Awards Ceremony

Volunteer Midlothian's annual awards ceremony celebrates volunteering across the region.