National Qualification approval process

Schools, employers and training providers

You can see which qualifications you are currently approved to offer by checking your approval list on or SQA Connect.

If you would like to offer a National Qualification that is not on your approval list, you will need to apply for qualification approval.

Qualification Approval for National 5, Higher and Advanced High Courses (281 KB)
Qualification approval 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 National Qualifications not on your automatic approval list.

Subjects not auto-approved:


Further information is available on our Approval web pages.