The maintenance of a qualification begins as soon as the qualification has been coded on SQA's Awards Processing System (APS) and centres begin to deliver it.

Through delivering the qualification, tutors may come across issues around the structure and content of the qualification. For example, they may wish to suggest including an alternative Unit to meet a specific need, amending a Unit specification to clarify, simplify or correct something. External Verifiers may also identify issues around the assessment of the qualification through their verification visits to centres.

It is important that issues surrounding delivery and assessment of a qualification are identified, considered and addressed. Maintenance is about ensuring a qualification remains fit for purpose.