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Privacy Statement

Who we are and what we do

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is a public body, created under the Education (Scotland) Act 1996.

SQA has two main roles, accreditation and awarding qualifications.

  1. accredits qualifications
  2. approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that intend to enter people for these qualifications

As an awarding body, SQA:

  1. creates and develops qualifications
  2. validates qualifications (makes sure they are well written and meet the needs of learners and tutors)
  3. reviews qualifications to ensure they are up to date
  4. arranges for, assists in, and carries out, the assessment of people taking SQA qualifications
  5. quality-assures schools, colleges and training centres that offer SQA qualifications
  6. issues certificates to candidates

We also offer a range of services to businesses and training providers, and advise Scottish Government on matters related to our functions and tasks.

This privacy statement explains how SQA collects and uses information about you in order to provide our services.

The nature of our relationship with you will determine what personal information we collect about you and how we use it. Further detail for each relationship is set out below.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the information we hold about you, or the way we use it, please contact us:

  • Data Protection Team, Scottish Qualifications Authority, The Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow G28DQ, Scotland
  • Data Protection Officer: Kirsty Hurt, Data Protection and Records Manager, 0345 213 5229

Changes to this privacy statement

We regularly review this privacy statement and may update it from time to time. When we update our privacy statement, we will put an updated version on our website and, if the changes are significant, will try our best to bring it to your attention.

This privacy statement was last updated on 1 May 2018.


We will try to resolve any complaint about how we use your information but if you are not satisfied with our response you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745