SQA's functions are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Act 2002. The organisation has two main roles: accreditation and awarding qualifications.

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
  • Approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that plan to enter people for these qualifications
  • 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
  • Within these roles SQA offers a range of services for businesses and training providers, ranging from course and centre approval including customised awards, and credit rating services.
  • ISDC has been through SQA’s rigorous Centre Approval and Customised Awards and Credit Rating processes

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