About SQA Accreditation


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The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has two distinct and autonomous parts:

Under Scottish Government legislation, SQA Accreditation quality assures qualifications offered in Scotland by approving awarding bodies and accrediting their qualifications. We do this by regulating awarding bodies and their qualifications against published regulatory requirements.

SQA Awarding Body is one of the awarding bodies that we regulate. They are therefore subject to the same processes and regulation as any other approved awarding body.  If you are interested in SQA Awarding Body’s services and qualifications please visit their website.

SQA Accreditation’s work

Our work is underpinned by Regulatory Principles and Regulatory Directives which define the standards awarding bodies must meet in order to be compliant.

The three main areas of work are:

Our work is directed by the Accreditation Committee (AC) whose members are from industry and training providers independent of SQA Accreditation. Decisions on approval of awarding bodies and accreditation of qualifications are devolved by AC to the Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG), which meets weekly to consider submissions.

For further information on the work we do and our activity over the past year, please see our Annual Review 2015/16.

Who audits us?

SQA Accreditation has been approved by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Standards. This applies to the approval and subsequent monitoring of awarding bodies and the accreditation of vocational and occupational qualifications, other than those conferred by higher education institutions.

Certificate No: LRQ 0923654

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