National Qualification approval process 2018–19

Which qualifications do I need approval for?

Schools and colleges are automatically approved for some National Qualifications.

You can see which qualifications your school/college is automatically approved for by checking your automatic-approval list on or SQA Connect.

Subjects which are not auto-approved:

How to apply?

If you would like to offer a National Qualification that is not on your automatic-approval list, you need to apply for qualification approval. You do this by:

Completing a qualification approval application for National 5 and Higher Courses (281 KB)


Completing a qualification approval application for SfW, National 1-4, Advanced Higher, freestanding units (1.07 MB)


Contacting our Business Development Team who send you an application and guide you through the process.

Colleges should follow the process for approval under devolved authority for the National Qualifications not on your automatic approval list.

When should I apply?

If you need the qualification added to your approval list for academic session 2018–19, with it being on candidates’ certificates in August 2019, we need to receive your completed application form by Friday 28 September 2018.

A completed application is one which has been acknowledged and confirmed by our Business Development Team

There is a risk that the qualification will not appear on your approval list until the start of session 2019–20 if you do not submit your application by the required date.


Further information is available on our Approval web page.