Qualification verification

Coronavirus update

During this exceptionally difficult time, we are continuing to work hard on a number of scenarios to support you and your learners, including alternative arrangements for the certification of our qualifications and awards. We will update you on these arrangements as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we are making a change to our Candidate Evidence Retention policy. Our policy currently asks SQA approved centres to keep all candidate evidence for three weeks beyond the qualification completion date or unless contacted by an External Verifier.

As of Monday 23 March 2020, we require that all centres must keep candidate evidence for six months after the resulting date of each qualification. We hope this extended time will allow us to complete the necessary external verification once travel and movement restrictions have been relaxed.

We appreciate that this may present you with some challenges, but we believe it is the fairest way to ensure candidates are being assessed to the appropriate national standards.

Our teams are still available to discuss any specific questions you may have, and our Quality team will be able to help explain the steps you will need to take to support alternative certification once that information is available. If you require to speak to our Quality team, please email qav@sqa.org.uk with your contact information and an overview of your query.

Please be assured that everyone here at SQA is fully committed to working with you to deliver for learners at this exceptionally difficult time.
Thank you for your patience and continued co-operation.

What is qualification verification?

Qualification verification is SQA's process for ensuring centres delivering our qualifications are assessing candidates in line with national standards, and that assessment decisions comply with our quality assurance criteria.

Qualification verification focuses on:

Verification is undertaken by Qualification Verifiers who are experienced subject experts appointed by SQA.

Documentation on the qualification verification process and quality assurance criteria requirements.

Verification of digital assessment evidence

We are increasingly accepting digital assessment evidence for verification as it becomes more common in centres delivering Higher National (HN) and vocational qualifications. The following Principles and Guidance document has been produced to provide centres with guidance on how to store and provide access to digital evidence during verification activities.

Feedback we receive on the document will contribute to future versions. Please send any feedback to operationshnvq@sqa.org.uk

Case study

Experience of an external verifier visiting a centre whose assessment evidence is available in digital format. For information and queries relating to digital assessment evidence, email operationshnvq@sqa.org.uk