Scottish Qualifications Authority



SQA is a government sponsored agency accountable to the Scottish Government, and sits at the heart of Scotland’s world-renowned education system. SQA is one of the four partner national organisations involved in the Curriculum for Excellence. It works with its partners on all strands of development. Its principal role is to contribute to work on qualifications and assessment.

SQA offers internationally recognized qualifications and consultancy services to help governments and people realize their full potential. SQA qualifications are high quality, flexible and relevant to industry. This means they are designed to suit the changing needs of different countries and industry providers. They provide a route to employment, develop the skills of staff and can provide advanced university entry. Many are recognised by professional bodies, and enable Associate Grade and Member Grade of professional bodies, for example the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).These qualifications are extremely popular in colleges, workplaces and community education centres in Scotland, the rest of the UK and throughout the world Scottish Qualification Authority is an international leader in education and qualifications development. Students complete an SQA Advanced Diploma qualification and gain advanced entry into undergraduate degree programmers in universities and higher education institutions across the world.

With 100 years’ of experience in developing qualifications and qualification systems plus 20 years’ experience of working internationally in partnership with governments, colleges, universities, schools and industry SQA offers organisations a full range of services.

Fiona Robertson
Chief Executive, SQA

“SQA Advanced Diploma are widely recognised around the world as being the equivalent to the first two years of undergraduate study”

SQA Awards 2017

Muscat College was awarded with the highest accolade at Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Star Awards 2017. Muscat College was named as SQA’s International Centre of the Year 2017 for its outstanding commitment to learning. In addition, the college emerged as winner of the Coveted SQA Pride o’ Worth Award for the Centre, after facing stiff competition from other SQA Centre around the World. SQA Pride O’ Worth Awards is the highest accolade awarded to an exceptional and inspirational centre selected from winners of various categories.



SQA Awards 2014

Muscat College was awarded the International Highly Commended SQA Star Award in 2014 in recognition of its highly professional and sustainable approach regarding the delivery of SQA Higher National Qualifications.

For more information please visit www.sqa.org.uk

Muscat College became the only approved and certified SQA Centre in Oman in its own right in 2001