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SQA is working towards creating an accessible website for all.

If you are a visually impaired user, or are using screen reading software, and encounter difficulties using sections of SQA's website please report this to us at: We will endeavour to modify pages immediately.

Problems accessing the content of this Website

If you have any problems accessing pages or documents published on this website, please contact SQA's Business Development & Customer Support Team (telephone: 0303 333 0330, e-mail: and we will supply you with the page or document in an accessible format.

Many of our publications can be produced in alternative formats, including large type, braille and community languages.

Screen Reader Setting Recommendations

Users of screen readers should note that this site makes use of Title and Acronym, and so will gain more from the site if they configure their screen reader to pick up these attributes.

For users of JAWS we recommend the following sort order 'title|text|alt|href' as the best combination to set.

Access Keys

Access Keys provide a quick way to navigate round the site without using a mouse, and on this site they are based on the UK Government Access Keys system.

The keys are used in conjuction with Alt or Ctrl and Enter keys which vary depending on your browser.

Windows users can navigate with the accesskey feature by typing ALT+Accesskey. On the Mac, you would use CTRL+Accesskey. Internet Explorer users may also need to hit the “enter” key to activate a link.

Detailed Instructions

1. Hold down

  • 'Alt' key if using Internet Explorer or Chrome for Windows
  • 'Alt' and 'shift' keys if using Firefox for Windows
  • 'Ctrl' key if using Firefox on a Mac
  • 'Shift' and 'Esc' together if using Opera (note Opera ignores numeric Access Keys)

2. and simultaneously select a key from the list below

3. you may need to also press 'Enter' if using Internet Explorer for Windows on a PC - other browsers go to the page immediately.

  • 0 - Accessibility details
  • 1 - Navigate back to Home Page
  • S - Skip to Content

These keys have been selected so as not to conflict with those in use by Browsers, Word, Acrobat Reader and assistive technologies such as JAWS, Supernova and HomePageReader.

External Sites

All links to external sites open in a new window and Scottish Qualifications Authority is not responsible for the content or accessibility of these referenced sites.

Useful Links

The Adobe site offers:

There is more information on PDF Accessibility and other issues from the RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind) Access Centre.

Additional Information