SLQ is the Awarding Body for qualifications and awards which focus on young people developing vital life skills.

Our Vision

At SLQ, our over-arching ambition is for every young person to realise their potential.

To achieve this, we place the building of essential behaviours and transferrable skills at the centre of young people's development, facilitating long-term personal development that prepares learners for thier next step in education or employment.

Working alongside a diverse network of schools, colleges, community groups and partners, we aim to provide as many young people as possible with the support they need to achieve their potential. This includes the facilitation of practical experiences and activities that prepare them for their future lives to become leaders and role models, whether that is in thei future workplaces or communities.


SLQ qualifications develop leadership and life skills in young people. For over 35 years, we have built a recognised portfolio of qualifications that boost confidence, aid attainment and develop employability skills.

We develop skills for life through a range of qualifications and awards using various mediums including Sport, Dance, Lowland Expedition, Maths, Science & English. All of our qualifications are built on the four P.R.E.P learning principles:

  • Practically applied-learning
  • Recognised learning
  • Experience through volunteering
  • Peer-to-Peer delivery

As the leading awarding organisation for leadership qualifications, we aim to be the Leader in Youth Leadership and help every young person realise their potential either through our own qualifications or via partnerships where our awarding organisation expertise adds credibility and value.

Whichever qualification you choose, you can be sure that they will have a huge impact on your learners:

  • 98% of teachers asked said it increased their students’ communication skills
  • 98% said it improved their students’ ability to lead others
  • 96% said that students learnt valuable team-working skills
  • 94% of students felt more employable
  • 70% of Head teachers said attainment in other subjects had increased

Add to this feedback we have received such as “great product”, “easy to work with”, “built for today’s schools” and “excellent relationship management” and you have a complete package that makes our leadership qualifications ideal for any organisation and learning environment.

Why SLQ?

Qualifications from SLQ have been achieved by over 1.2m young people in the UK, dating back over 35 years with a focus on active subjects, such as Sports or Dance Leadership. As the success of our Leadership Skills Programme has demonstrated, there is a significant appetite for Qualifications & Awards that develop leadership skills in other subject areas.

Non-sport based qualifications however don't sit easily under a Sports Leaders brand and so our Awarding Organisation name is now known as SLQ - an umbrella brand that all our products can sit underneath.

We'd like to say that nothing has changed, but over the last twelve months we have worked really hard to ensure that we are the number one organisation for youth leadership Qualifications & Awards - both in terms of the learner experience and the customer experience of our Tutors and Centres.

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Our awards and qualifications equip young people with employability skills for life improving motivation, self-esteem, communication, team work and confidence. Leadership volunteering is a vital part of all our courses allowing young people to practice and build their skills to help them in employment and education.

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