The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is the executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government responsible for accrediting educational awards. It is partly funded by the Education and Lifelong Learning Directorate of the Scottish Government.
SQA delivers the annual public examinations within Scotland for school pupils such as Nationals and Higher examinations. However, a greater number of candidates of all ages participates in SQA specialist, vocational and higher education qualifications. SQA is accredited by the UK government to offer educational qualifications.