Regulatory Activity 2017-18
SQA Accreditation’s regulatory function includes the approval of awarding bodies and carrying out awarding body audits and provider monitoring visits.
SQA Accreditation’s quality assurance processes are based on a range of measures, and compliance was assessed against the Regulatory Principles (2014) and the associated Regulatory Principles Directives.
39 awarding bodies approved by SQA Accreditation (at the end of 2017-18)
16 organisations contacted SQA Accreditation to explore approval.
During 2017-18 one organisation gained SQA-approved awarding body status:
Eight submitted formal requests through the enquiry process. Two of those have decided to progress to the approval stage.
Three awarding bodies had their approved status withdrawn either at their own request or as a result of the Zero Uptake Policy.
Issues and Recommendations
During 2017-18, audit and provider monitoring activity identified that the greatest number of Issues and Recommendations were recorded against:
- Principle 1: The awarding body shall provide clear information on its procedures, products and services to ensure that they are accurate and appropriate to SQA accredited qualifications.
- Principle 6: The awarding body and its providers shall maintain accurate documents, records and data; and
- Principle 10: The awarding body shall ensure that it has the necessary arrangements and resources for the effective delivery; assessment and quality assurance of SQA accredited qualifications.
- Principle 12: The awarding body and its providers shall have open and transparent systems to manage complaints.
- Principle 15: The awarding body and its providers shall have effective, reliable and secure systems for the registration and certification of learners.
Those principles that have the greatest number of Issues and Recommendations raised during audit or PMV activity are key areas for SQA Accreditation, approved awarding bodies and providers to learn from and consider in future activity.