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The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has two distinct and autonomous parts:
- SQA Accreditation
Under Scottish Government legislation, SQA Accreditation quality assures qualifications offered in Scotland by approving awarding bodies and accrediting their qualifications. We do this by regulating awarding bodies and their qualifications against published regulatory requirements.
- SQA Awarding Body
SQA Awarding Body is one of the awarding bodies that we regulate. They are therefore subject to the same processes and regulation as any other approved awarding body. If you are interested in SQA Awarding Body’s services and qualifications please visit their website.
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In line with Better Regulation we take a risk-based approach to quality assurance. SQA’s Quality Enhancement Rating process informs our risk assessment of each awarding body and is used to consider the level and frequency of audit activity.
How do we quality assure approved awarding bodies?
SQA ensure that awarding bodies achieve compliance by continually monitoring performance using robust quality assurance processes including:
- conducting awarding body audits
- carrying out provider monitoring activity
- risk profiling of awarding bodies using Quality Enhancement Rating (QER)
- reviewing awarding body self-assessment reports/action plans
- reviewing and evaluating accreditation submissions
- investigating cases of malpractice and maladministration
- reviewing complaints and appeals
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SQA’s work is underpinned by Regulatory Principles and Regulatory Directives which define the standards awarding bodies must meet in order to be compliant.
SQA’s work is directed by the Accreditation Committee (AC) whose members are from industry and training providers independent of SQA Accreditation. Decisions on approval of awarding bodies and accreditation of qualifications are devolved by AC to the Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG), which meets weekly to consider submissions.
A brief introduction to SQA can be found at An Introduction to SQA Accreditation.