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Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)



  • Organization TypeGovernment
  • Staff501-1000
  • Development Budget25 Million - 50 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
SQA is the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland. In our accreditation role, we accredit vocational qualifications that are offered across Scotland, including Scottish Vocational Qualifications and approve awarding bodies that wish to award them. As an awarding body, we work with schools, colleges, universities, industry, and government, to provide high quality, flexible and relevant qualifications. We strive to ensure that our qualifications are inclusive and accessible to all, that they recognise the achievements of learners, and that they provide clear pathways to further learning or employment. What They Do The organisation has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications. The organisation is therefore divided into two distinct sections – the SQA Accreditation and the SQA Regulation which operate separately from each other. SQA Accreditation accredits qualifications other than degrees approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that plan to enter people for these qualifications SQA Awarding Body devises and develops qualifications validates qualifications (makes sure they are well written and meet the needs of learners and tutors) reviews qualifications to ensure they are up to date arranges for, assists in, and carries out, the assessment of people taking SQA qualifications quality-assures education and training establishments which offer SQA qualifications issues certificates to candidates Within these roles it offers a range of services for businesses and training providers, ranging from course and centre approval through customised awards, to endorsement, credit rating and licensing services. SQA International SQA has 100 years experience in developing qualifications and qualification systems and over 20 years experience of working internationally in partnership with governments, colleges, universities, schools and industry. Its global hubs include the UK, Beijing, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi. It offers qualifications and consultancy services to help governments and people realise their full potential. Consultancy SQA’s customers use its technical expertise to help establish educational and training supply chains. This includes: developing qualifications frameworks developing qualifications and curricula defining occupational standards designing assessment and quality assurance systems. All its work is tailored to support the specific needs of customers, to build capacity and result in a fully sustainable solution, based on international best practice. It has worked with governments and agencies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet republics, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, and the Middle-East. SQA Qualifications SQA qualifications are designed to suit the changing needs of different countries and industry providers. They provide a route to employment, develop the skills of staff and can provide advanced university entry. A number of its qualifications are recognised by professional bodies, and enable Associate Grade and Member Grade of professional bodies e.g. Chartered Management Institute (CMI). They can complement local qualifications to expand international recognition. All of SQA’s qualifications are recognised on the following qualifications frameworks: HND links with Professional Bodies SCQF, QCF and EQF Ready reckoner Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) for Scotland The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for the rest of the United Kingdom European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for Europe

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Staff at Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have experience in


  • events / training
  • vocational training / workforce development
  • development
  • education
  • monitoring / evaluation


  • egypt
  • kosovo
  • united states
  • worldwide
  • serbia and montenegro


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Company Offices
  • United Kingdom (headquarters)
  • The Optima Building, 58 Robertson, St Glasgow, G7 8DQ


Primary sectors

Events / Training
Vocational Training / Workforce Development
Project Support
Personnel / Human Resources
Private Sector Development
Logistics / Supplies
Facilities / Infrastructure
Capacity Building

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