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This website and all its content (‘the website’) belong exclusively to the Scottish Qualifications Authority, (‘SQA’). The following are the terms and conditions of use for the website. Together with our privacy and cookies statements, they cover our relationship with you in relation to the website.

By accessing the website, you undertake to comply with these terms and conditions. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, you should stop using the website. 

Accuracy and disclaimer

SQA does its best to ensure that all information provided through the website is accurate, however we provide no guarantees that the information will be:

  • Current
  • Secure
  • Accurate
  • Complete
  • Free from bugs and viruses

Although the website contains links to other websites, SQA does not endorse these sites and is not responsible for their content, or how they protect your personal information.

SQA may update, modify, restrict access to or close the website, or any part of it, at any time.


SQA provides all information on the website free of charge and is not liable for any loss or damage that may come from using this website or the information published on it. This includes any direct, indirect or consequential losses or damages.

Copyright notice

The content of these pages are copyright © Scottish Qualifications Authority.

There are two types of copyright licenses being used on this website.  The contents of this website is the property of SQA and copyright protected it specifically states that they are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

A example of an attribution for materials from courses mentioned above would be:

Creative Commons License

Marking for SQA learning materials by SQA Academy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License.

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at SQA Academy Terms and Conditions page.

Where content is not made available under this type of license you may read, print and download the content of the website for private use.

You may not reproduce or use the content for commercial purposes without our permission. 

If you would like to reproduce or use any of the content for commercial purpose, you will need to seek advance written permission and clearance from SQA. To do so please email permissions@sqa.org.uk with the details of your request. SQA reserves the right to withhold permission.


We may collect information about you through the website in the following ways:

  • Where you subscribe to receive updates and publications
  • Where you submit comments, requests or enquiries through the website
  • Through our use of cookies

We will use this information:

  • To provide content in the most effective way.
  • To analyse user activity to assess and improve content and performance.
  • To provide you with updates, publications, information or other services where you have requested from us.

Further details about how SQA uses and protects your personal information is included in our Privacy Statement.

The SQA Academy team can be contacted by telephone on 0345 271 6744/6763/6926, or by e-mail on academy@sqa.org.uk

Our use of cookies

Cookies are small files placed on your computer by websites that you visit. We do not collect personal information with cookies. We use them to:

  • remember settings you've saved
  • measure website usage
  • necessary: required for the operation of the website
  • functional: personalises the content and remembers your preferences
  • analytical performance: counts the number of visitors and how visitors move around the website (does not collect personal information)
  • social sharing: makes it easy for you to share content to social media channels
Types of cookies:

Third party websites: please be aware that if you access third party websites including social media platforms from this website you will be subject to their terms and conditions.

SQA Academy Cookies
Microsoft Active Directory Federated Services





Active Directory Federation Services provides a means for managing online identities and providing single sign-on capabilities for users who access more than one service at a time. 

Relevant for SQA secure users only.

It authenticates users with their usernames and passwords. Users can access some applications (i.e. Office 365, etc.) without being prompted to provide login credentials again

Piwik (Matomo) Analytics




These web analytics cookies, provided by Matamo, are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.  The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.



The session cookie, set by Moodle, is used to maintain a user’s login while they navigate through series of pages on the site.

The session cookie, set by Moodle, is used to check if the ‘MoodleSession’ cookie is being created.


easyid-identity and easyid-identity-secure

CSP2 (Content Security Policy)

These persistent cookies are used to remember the username, so that when a visitor revisits the site, their username will be populated in the username field of the login page.

Microsoft Edge security cookie. Loaded when any Windows machine accesses Academy site regardless of browser used. Allows web developers to lock down the resources that can be used by their web application, helping prevent cross-site scripting attacks that remain a common vulnerability on the web.

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Last modified: Friday, 25 May 2018, 10:48 AM