What We Do

SQA Optima Reception artwork.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.

SQA Accreditation:

Find out more about SQA Accreditation

SQA Awarding Body:

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.