Regulatory Activity 2017-18

student writing in librarySQA 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.

Awarding Bodies

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Three awarding bodies had their approved status withdrawn either at their own request or as a result of the Zero Uptake Policy. 

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Issues and Recommendations

During 2017-18, audit and provider monitoring activity identified that the greatest number of Issues and Recommendations were recorded against:

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.