Annual Review – Tradition

SQA TraditionCelebrating what is the heart of the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Names may change, times may change but the purpose we serve and our approach remain stable.

Put simply, we adapt to create the qualifications society and individuals need. We have done this for more than 100 years.

What better way to show this than celebrating the longevity and relevance of our best known vocational qualifications.


HN 9090 years young!  In 1925, 24 engineers and chemists attained the first Higher National qualifications in Scotland.

They were needed to address a skills shortage. The changing nature of skills and industry requirements has been the driving constant to continually develop and refine these qualifications.

The proof has been generations of HN graduates with long and successful careers.

Find out more about HN90

SVQ 25

SVQ 25This year sees the 25th Anniversary of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) the workplace qualification. This landmark is significant for the country and for SQA. Our role has been not only to regulate the high standards and quality of SVQs, but also to ensure that Scotland has the range of provision it needs.

Importantly, SVQs are an integral part of most of Scotland’s range of Modern Apprenticeships, which are a key way of getting young people into skilled and meaningful employment.

Find out more about SVQ25


Gaelic WinnerSQA is committed to the objectives set out in the National Plan for Gaelic and the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 which recognises Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding equal respect to English.

A range of our National Qualifications is delivered in Gaelic and student numbers are growing. This year marked the first college delivering History in Gaelic.

Find out more about Gaelic