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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.

National Courses in session 2020-21 - update

The Deputy First Minister has asked SQA to pause publication of outcomes of our consultations on National Courses in session 2020-21 until after publication of the Priestley Review.

SQA publishes its response to the letter issued by the Scottish Parliament Education & Skills Committee on 20 August 2020

SQA responds to the letter issued by the Scottish Parliament's Education & Skills Committee of 20 August 2020.

Scottish Qualifications Authority publishes revised 2020 Attainment Statistics

SQA publishes the revised results for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses for 2020, following the Ministerial Direction issued by the Deputy First Minister on Tuesday 11 August.

SQA providing apprenticeship opportunities in Glasgow and Midlothian

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

Business success celebrated at Learning Disability Awards

SQA attended the Awards as sponsors of the Enterprise category.

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 publishes 2017-18 Post-Results Services Statistics

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

Cyber Security teaching celebrated at awards

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

SQA recognises innovative employers at Herald Diversity Awards

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

Apprentices celebrated at rural skills awards

SQA supported Lantra Scotland's ALBAS Awards.

Digital technology celebrated at awards

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

Arrangements for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses in the 2020-21 session – joint statement from Scottish Government and SQA

SQA is launching two consultations to gather feedback on modifications to qualifications and adjustments to the 2021 exam timetable.

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Update on appeals process for 2020

SQA can now confirm that the Deputy First Minister has directed us to provide an appeals process for centres.

 

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

Everyone at SQA fully acknowledges the strength of feeling about last week’s results among individual learners, their parents and carers - and among wider colleagues in the education system.

As the Deputy First Minister has outlined in Parliament today, through a Ministerial direction SQA will change the previous approach to certification this year and instead award candidate results based solely on the estimates provided by schools and colleges. The results of those learners who were awarded a higher grade during the process will also be maintained.

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.

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.

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

Nominate your brightest stars for SQA awards

Nominate for SQA Star Awards 2018 by Friday 29 June

Apprenticeships take centre stage at awards

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

SQA seeks new board members

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

New SQA Chief Executive Appointed

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

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.

Glasgow teenagers get taste of working life

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

SQA exams get underway

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

SQA celebrates International Women's Day

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

SQA Chief Executive to retire in 2019

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

TEDxYouth@Glasgow inspires young people across Scotland

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