The Accreditation Coordination Group (ACG) has raised a number of concerns regarding recurring instances of inaccurate quarterly data returns and inconsistent uptake figures being provided in accreditation submissions.
As the national accrediting body for Scotland, SQA Accreditation sets and specifies the requirements for accrediting qualifications in order to support the needs of learners and employers in Scotland. We do this by regulating qualifications that have been accredited by us and our approved awarding bodies. Furthermore, we promote and maintain public confidence in accredited qualifications and approved awarding bodies.
As part of that role, we require approved awarding bodies to submit data returns to us which indicates the number of qualification registrations and certifications during a specified time period for all their accredited qualifications.
In addition, awarding bodies may be required to provide uptake figures relating to accredited qualifications by ad hoc request or as part of a qualification submission.
Uptake data relating to accredited qualifications is made publicly available as part of the Quarterly Statistics Report and may also be used to support decision-making by ACG and inform Scottish Government’s skills agenda. It is essential therefore that the data supplied on all occasions is accurate and that the time periods they relate to are clear.
Awarding bodies are reminded of their responsibility to be compliant with Regulatory Principle 6 as well as Regulatory Principles Directive ‘RPDIR2 – Data Submissions’ in respect of the data requirements that awarding bodies must meet on a quarterly basis.
Should you have any questions about the contents of this communication, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Further information and guidance on our data collection requirements is available online.