Scottish Qualifications Authority

Scottish Qualifications Authority

At the heart of Scotland's world-renowned education system.

Work with the SQA

  • Director of Business Systems
    • Edinburgh
    • £88558 - £97082 per annum | Plus 10% market supplement
    • Permanent

All about The Scottish Qualifications Authority

What is the Scottish Qualifications Authority?

The SQA is the national accreditation and awarding body for Scotland. Their purpose is to help people fulfil their potential and maintain standards across Scottish education.

They engage with learners, schools, colleges and training providers across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally to develop, maintain, and improve a framework of qualifications.

These include:

  • National Qualifications. These are studied at school and college, and include National 1–5, Highers, and Advanced Highers.
  • Higher National Qualifications. These are often studied at college. They are made up of units which are qualifications in their own right. They can act as a bridge to study at university and are currently being redesigned under the ‘Next Gen’ project.
  • A range of vocational qualifications, developed with industry partners, and responding to perceived skills needs.

They also set and maintain standards for many other awarding bodies and accredited qualifications.


Scottish Qualifications Authority
Scottish Qualifications Authority

Vision and Values

The SQA's People Strategy centres on being a values-led, learning organisation with people at its heart.

Their values are:

  • Progressive
  • Enabling
  • Trusted

Each aspect of the strategy is made up of activities that support three core drivers for the organisations:

  • Strengthening our foundations
  • Build our capability
  • Advance our business

The outcome of this work is a strategy designed for supporting the organisation based on four aspects:

  • Develop our organisation design and culture
  • Improve our performance
  • Improve our health, wellbeing and our environment
  • Be a responsible business
Scottish Qualifications Authority

Educational Reform

In response to the Ken Muir Report, The Scottish Government has announced that as part of wider education reform, SQA is to be replaced by a new qualifications body in 2024.

This new organisation will take on SQA’s current awarding functions, including responsibility for the design and delivery of all qualifications, the running of exams and the awarding of certificates, SQA’s commercial activities and international work.