Information for Awarding Bodies

Awarding Body Approval

Do you want to become an approved awarding body?

The Awarding Body Approval section includes all relevant information about applying to be an approved awarding body.

Accreditation of Qualifications

What does Accreditation of qualifications involve?

The Accreditation of Qualifications section includes information on the types of qualifications we accredit and the various stages that lead to accreditation.  This includes what you have to do when developing and submitting a qualification for accreditation.

SCQF Credit Rating of Qualifications

What does SCQF credit rating of accredited qualifications involve?

The SCQF Credit Rating of Accredited Qualifications section describes what you have to do in order for us to approve your recommended credit rating and  includes:

  • information on what we can credit rate
  • our methodology
  •  approval processes
  • forms for SCQF credit rating
  • the support we can provide.


How do we regulate approved awarding bodies?

The Regulation section includes all relevant information about our regulation  activities for approved awarding bodies.

Additional information

The items below have been developed as guidance on other issues of specific interest to awarding bodies.

Assessor and Verifier Competence

What qualifications should assessors and verifiers have?

Clarification and guidance relating to the qualification requirements for the assessment and verification of accredited qualifications is given in Assessor and Verifier Competence.

This should help you when developing your  assessment  methodologies in response to standards setting organisations (SSO) assessment strategies and assessment principles.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and assessment and verification of SVQs must always be in line with the current Learning and Development (L & D) National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the specific assessment strategies dependant on the requirements of the sector.

You must recognise that where an assessor or verifier has achieved a relevant qualification then there is no stipulation for them to repeat with the most current version.

Where assessment is undertaken by employers, please see employer direct model of assessment.

If you require any clarification on assessor and verifier competence, please contact your designated Accreditation Manager

Employer Direct Model of Assessment

What is the employer direct model?

Where large employers have their own assessment centres they may train their assessors according to their own standards rather than achieving the assessor and verifier qualifications.  SSOs may specify that they accept this in their assessment strategies or assessment principles.

Where this model is used we require that you:

  • map the assessor and verifier training against the L&D NOS to ensure that there is a direct match. 
  • Identify any gaps and ensure that alternative evidence to demonstrate full competence is provided.

The mapping must be provided at the point of qualification accreditation and will be reviewed by SQA Accreditation during the awarding body audit activity.   This will also be required if a new employer is approved as a centre wishing to use this model.

Progression Pathways

How can Progression Pathways benefit you?

We encourage you to produce and use Progression Pathways.  These should indicate the possible progression routes from SQA accredited qualifications.

Benefits of Progression Pathways to Learners

  • clear routes to academic or career progression in any given area.
  • coherent programmes of learning for industry
  • promotion of credit accumulation and transfer
  • transferability of skills

Progression pathways should  identify appropriate start points for learners, based on their current academic abilities and skills, so that learners can make informed, confident choices on the most appropriate route for them.

Benefits of Progression Pathways for Organisations

  • a sound foundation for development of learners, ensuring that they can contribute to maintaining high standards of performance.
  • clarification of academic or skills requirements for operation in any given area.
  • opportunities to market the benefits of undertaking learning or choosing a career in any given area.

Progression pathways should enable stakeholders to market qualifications in any given area and can be used as a marketing tool to encourage learners to pursue a prolonged career in any given area.   

To maximise the potential benefits, it is important that any Progression Pathway model should be developed and promoted appropriately. SQA Accreditation has developed Recommendations for the Creation of Progression Pathways