SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas

We are a global awarding body offering qualifications and related services to employers, training providers, professional bodies and colleges internationally. Our SQA Advanced qualifications are for use in markets outside Scotland, providing learners and delivery partners with a variety of course choices.

SQA Advanced qualifications meet the skills needs of employers and the requirements of education professionals.

About SQA Advanced qualifications

Guide to SQA Advanced Qualifications (254 KB)

SQA Advanced qualifications are Higher Education qualifications meeting the needs of employers and enabling advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in universities and higher education institutions across the world.

Developed in partnership with colleges, universities and industry.

Achieving an SQA Advanced Certificate or SQA Advanced Diploma is one of the best ways to develop your career or progress into further studies.

There are SQA Advanced qualification courses in a huge range of subjects from Business and Computing to Hospitality and Retail so whatever you need, there is a qualification to suit.

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What is an SQA Advanced Certificate or Diploma?

SQA Advanced Certificates and SQA Advanced Diplomas provide both the practical skills and the theoretical knowledge needed to do a job.

The courses are made up of Units:

SQA Advanced qualifications is a pathway to higher education

Learners study in their own country before moving abroad to complete a degree, entering directly into second or third year. This option is a cost effective route to studying abroad and achieving a degree at an international higher education institution.

Diploma to Degree

We make this journey as smooth as possible through our Diploma to Degree programme. SQA has articulation agreements with highly regarded international institutions. These institutions recognise SQA Advanced qualifications for advanced entry.

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Getting started with SQA Advanced qualifications

As a customer, you benefit from products and services helping you deliver on your skills development needs. To get started:

  1. Become a centre - we check your organisation (centre) has the systems in place to support the delivery of SQA qualifications.
  2. Choose your qualification - we check your centre has the relevant resources to deliver and assess the qualification.

Our teams help you every step of the way to make your journey through the process as smooth as possible. 

How to deliver these qualifications