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Nominations open for SQA Star Awards 2019

The awards are our annual celebration of excellence in education and training.

New SQA Chief Executive Appointed

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

SQA exams and assessments get underway

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

Cyber Security Pathways - #CyberScotWeek2019

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

SQA Annual Statistics Published

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

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 celebrates innovation in assessment

We helped recognise best practice in the use of technology in assessment, at the International e-Assessment Awards.

SQA helps Midlothian pupils get work ready

SQA volunteers ran an employability workshop at Newbattle High School.

Young people Show Racism the Red Card

SQA joined names from the world of Scottish football for the Creative Competition Awards.

SQA recognises the ‘One to Watch’ at the Scottish Youth Parliament Awards

We celebrated political stars of the future at the SYP Awards.

SQA recognises Youth Worker achievements at YouthLink Scotland awards

SQA attended as sponsors of the ‘Skills for Life’ category.

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 helps Motherwell pupils get work ready

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

SQA recognises rural apprentices at Lantra Scotland Awards

We helped promote the varied career opportunities available in Scotland’s rural industries.

Real Responsibilities - Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019

Delivering successful Modern Apprenticeship opportunities at SQA.

SQA celebrates International Women's Day

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

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 renews e-Assessment contract with BTL Group

BTL Group's Surpass assessment platform provides SQA with the latest e-Assessment technology. 

Interdisciplinary Learning: preparing for the future

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

Ongoing issues with Microsoft Office 365

We are currently experiencing problems sending and receiving emails due to an ongoing Microsoft Office 365 issue.

Glasgow's college stars light the city with their achievements

Three innovative projects at Glasgow Clyde College are providing new learning opportunities for students.

SQA publishes 2017-18 Post-Results Services Statistics

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

Pupils' creativity shines at exhibition

SQA showcases the creative talents of National 1 and National 2 candidates through touring exhibition.

Higher Vision exhibition explores Scotland through the lens of photography students

Artwork from former Higher Photography candidates has gone on display as part of a new exhibition at The Scottish Parliament.

SQA celebrates apprenticeship success

SQA helped recognise the achievements of apprentices and their employers at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Winners dazzle in the spotlight at SQA’s Star Awards

Find out which stars shone brightest at our annual awards.

Finalists set to shine at SQA Star Awards

The awards recognise the individuals who work towards and the organisations that deliver SQA qualifications

SQA celebrates innovation at CDN College Awards

The achievements of staff and learners in Scotland’s colleges were recognised at the Awards.

King’s Park pupils get work ready with SQA

Volunteers visited Glasgow’s King’s Park Secondary School to provide pupils with valuable employability skills.

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 supports STF Conference and Awards

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

Teachers perfect their practical skills at 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 attends Diversity Awards

We were there as supporters of the Diversity in the Third Sector category.

SQA supports Digital Business Awards

We helped celebrate technology in education at the ceremony

SQA launches new Mental Health Awareness award

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

Scotland represented at EuroSkills 2018

Scottish competitors take part in the annual skills event.

SQA supports GTCS Awards

We helped recognise teacher achievements at the Awards ceremony.

SQA celebrates exam achievements of care-experienced candidates

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

Eco Genics prove their staff are the best in the business

Find out how Eco Genics - an innovative Dry-Ice industrial cleaning company - used SQA Customised Awards to set the standard within their industry.

Results for 2018 National Courses and Awards

The Scottish Qualifications Authority announces the results for National Courses and Awards 2018.

SQA Board appointments

The Scottish Government announce SQA Board of Management appointments.

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.

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

Entrepreneurial achievements celebrated at Social Enterprise Awards

Social enterprises in schools, colleges and community groups were recognised at the ceremony.

Volunteer Managers celebrated at Midlothian Awards Ceremony

We presented the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award.

School successes celebrated at Scottish Education Awards

SQA presented the Employability and Creativity across Learning Award

TEDxYouth@Glasgow inspires young people across Scotland

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


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

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

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

SQA exams get underway

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

SQA celebrates innovation at e-Assessment Awards

We helped recognise the positive impact of technology on assessment.

SQA and SCMA announce new childcare award

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

SQA recognises rural apprentices at Lantra Scotland Awards

SQA celebrated the achievements of Scotland’s top trainees in the rural sector.

Forth Valley partnership sees pupils gain Police Studies qualification

School pupils are getting an early taste of life in the police thanks to a unique partnership 

SilverNote Music project showcases students' creative flair

Innovative project at NESCol is allowing students to share their creative talents with the local community.

SQA recognises Youth Worker achievements at YouthLink Scotland awards

SQA attended the event as sponsors of the ‘Skills for Life’ category.

SQA partnership with BACP set to improve counselling training in Scotland

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

SQA seeks new board members

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

SQA Modern Apprenticeship Pathway scheme

Applications for our apprenticeship scheme are now open.

SQA supports Safer Internet Day 2018

SQA is promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology.

Castlebrae pupils rewarded for culinary success

Castebrae Community High School pupils were thanked for their SQA Star Awards contribution


Silver surfer logs on to new happiness

If you’ve ever been daunted by the prospect of learning a new skill, then let Charlie Gallacher be your inspiration

SQA publishes 2016-17 Post Results Services Statistics

The statistics for our Post Results Services following the 2016-17 academic year are now available.

SQA recognises college achievements at CDN Awards

SQA celebrated the achievements of staff and students at the College Development Network (CDN) Annual Awards

SQA celebrates apprenticeship success

SQA recognised inspiring apprentices and employers at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

SQA stars shine at night of celebration

Find out about all the winners from our fantastic SQA Star Awards!

SQA celebrates digital technology in education

The innovative use of digital technology in Scottish organisations was celebrated at The Herald Digital Business Awards. 

SQA supports Get Online Week 2017

We're encouraging our centres, customers, and candidates to back the campaign and #Try1Thing.

Star Award winners shine bright on night of celebration

Finalists from across Scotland, throughout the UK, and around the world, joined us to celebrate the SQA Star Awards.

Chef Gary shares the skills that make him a master

Reigning Masterchef: The Professionals champion Gary Maclean, has helped SQA produce a series of short clips to help develop the skills of chefs across the country!

SQA announces changes to Practical Journalism HNC and HND

SQA has reviewed the requirement for all candidates to study shorthand as part of our HNC and HND in Practical Journalism.

Results for National Courses and Awards 2016

SQA announces the results for National Courses and Awards 2016.

NQ2016 - Post Results Services statistics published

SQA has published the statistics for its Post Results Services following the 2015/16 academic year.

SQA celebrates Results Day with care-experienced candidates

SQA and Who Cares? Scotland arranged a Results Day celebration, for care-experienced young people.

Results for National Courses and Awards 2017

Scottish Qualifications Authority publishes results for 2017 National Courses and Awards.

New SQA Chair announced

The Scottish Government has announced David Middleton as the new Chair of the SQA Board.

SQA supports partnership success at The Herald Higher Education Awards

SQA helped recognise achievements of colleges and universities at The Herald Higher Education Awards.

SQA celebrates building services apprentice success at BESA Awards

Talented apprentices recognised at awards ceremony.

SQA is developing Scotland's digital skills

Check out how our computing qualifications are developing Scotland's digital skills.

SQA examining the future of assessment

Hear about how SQA led a lively Discussion Lab at TEDx Glasgow, to hear attendees' views on the future of assessment.

Star Awards 2017

See the stars come out – nominate your stars at

Lights, camera, action! Pupils' films showcased on the silver screen

Budding film students showcase work completed as part of SQA qualifications

SQA supports Safer Internet Day 2016

SQA supports Safer Internet Day 2016 - ‘Play your part for a better Internet’.

YouthLink Scotland Awards 2017

Outstanding contribution of Youth Workers recognised at YouthLink Scotland awards.

SQA exams get underway

Today marks the beginning of the SQA exams period for thousands of candidates across Scotland.

SQA celebrates corporate parent anniversary

SQA marks the 2nd anniversary working with Who Cares? Scotland

SQA supports Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017

SQA is getting behind #ScotAppWeek17, and kicking off recruitment for its successful Pathways Apprenticeship programme.


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Scottish Youth Parliament Awards 2017

SQA help celebrate achievements of members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.


Time capsule design winner announced by V&A Dundee

The winner of the V&A Dundee time capsule competition, supported by SQA and Jaguar, has been announced.

Pre-apprenticeships set Craigroyston pupils on the right career path

Find out about the successfull Pre-Apprenticeship programme at Craigroyston Community High School in Edinburgh.

SQA supports Lantra Awards

SQA supports Lantra Scotland’s 2017 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards

SQA is a winner at the RoSPA Awards 2016

We've been recognised with a Gold Award by RoSPA

SQA logs on and supports Safer Internet Day 2017

SQA is supporting #SID17, get behind the campaign and unite for a better Internet.

Horticulture apprentice recognised at Lantra Scotland awards

Ross Gallacher, an apprentice gardener from Glasgow, was named Modern Apprentice of the Year Award at this year's Lantra Scotland awards

Spohrt gains SQA approval

SQA approves Spohrt to deliver employability awards, enabling sports people to progress with their careers.

Changes to National Qualifications

SQA has started to plan and assess how the overall design, operational, and systems requirements will be delivered, now that the Deputy First Minister has announced that the changes to National Courses have been agreed by the Curriculum for Excellence Management Board.

Next steps for National Qualifications

and our response to the EIS Indicative Ballot

Finalists set to shine at SQA Star Awards

The finalists for this year's #SQAStarAwards have been announced.

Jaguar time capsule competition launched with V&A Dundee

SQA, V&A Dundee, and Jaguar launch a unique design competition for Higher Design and Manufacture candidates.

Modifications to the Understanding Standards programme

Read the latest information about the modications to our NQ Understanding Standards programme.

SQA congratulates colleges recognised at CDN Annual Awards

Excellence in teaching and learning within Scotland’s colleges was celebrated at the College Development Network (CDN) Annual Awards.

SQA hosts results day celebration for Who Cares Scotland

SQA welcomed candidates to celebrate their results and achievements

SQA statement on Higher English

Latest update from SQA re. Higher English

UWS buddies up at Herald Higher Education Awards

UWS celebrates its success at The Herald Higher Education Awards, which were supported by SQA

Subject Review Reports – your questions answered

We've produced a Q&A answering questions about our Subject Review Reports.

SQA exams are underway

Today sees the start of the SQA exams period for tens of thousands of pupils and students across Scotland.

Edinburgh school disruption - SQA Update

Update from SQA on recent school building closures in Edinburgh

SQA hosts college quality event

SQA recently hosted its annual College Quality Managers’ event at its offices in Dalkeith.

CodeClan offering SQA's PDA in Software Development

CodeClan to offer its students a Professional Development Award (PDA) from the SQA.