PDA Office Management and Information Technology

PDA Office Management and Information Technology

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Office Management and Information Technology at SCQF level 8 delivers the essential skills and knowledge for a range of senior administrative roles. This makes it suitable CPD for those working in an administrative role, or for anyone seeking to enter employment in this area.

This qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Office Management and Information Technology has Evidence Requirements that focus on the knowledge/skills that candidates should perform/use and the assessment methods are not prescribed. This means that there is much more flexibility in when and how the evidence is gathered.

Who does this qualification suit

This PDA in Office Management and Information Technology provides a manageable qualification for full and part-time candidates. The Units within the PDA are also included within the HND Administration and Information Technology, providing centres with the option of combining classes, and gives candidates the option of progressing to the HND, having already gained credits towards achievement of the HND.

Access

Access is at the discretion of the centre and the following qualifications and experience are for guidance only.

  • HNC Administration and Information Technology
  • HNC Business
  • Higher Administration or Business Management and English
  • SVQ in Business and Administration at level 3
  • NC in Business at SCQF level 5
  • relevant work experience

Progression

There are progression opportunities to the HND in Administration and Information Technology and to the HND in Business.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

The Evidence Requirements within each Unit state clearly what evidence is required to meet the standard and the assessment instrument is not prescribed. This means that there is much more flexibility in when and how the evidence is gathered. Rather than delivering and assessing Units as individual components and thereby increasing the possibility of assessing similar evidence on more than one occasion, it is possible to gather evidence to meet the requirements of more than one Unit in a single assessment event, which is referred to as integration of assessment.

There is no single approach to delivery and assessment. Centres may use a range of teaching and learning approaches including self-study, workshops, lectures, case studies and group tasks.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Qualification Structure

PDA Office Management and Information Technology

Group Award code: GA10 48 (64 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 8

The PDA Office Management and IT consists of the following six mandatory Units:

  • IT in Business — Advanced Word Processing — F84A 35
  • Advanced Spreadsheets — F849 35
  • IT in Business — Advanced Databases — F848 35
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business — F84W 35
  • Office Management — F84D 35
  • Developing the Individual within a Team — F870 34 (SCQF 7) or F86Y 35 (SCQF 8)

Group Award Specification

Title: PDA in Office Management and Information Technology at SCQF level 8
Code: GA10 48
Date: December 2010
Download: PDA in Office Management and Information Technology at SCQF level 8 Arrangements Document (272 KB)

Assessment Exemplars

Assessment exemplars and support packs are available on SQA’s secure website.

Subject-Specific Information

Lapsing

This Group Award has been replaced by GA10 48 and will finish 31/07/2014.

Centres should note that when a Group Award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • the Group Award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • the Group Award Arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed form SQA website and archived
  • no new centres may be approved to offer the Group Award
  • centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the Group Award during the defined lapsing period of 3 years. 

Group Award Specification

Title: PDA in Office Management and Information Technology at SCQF level 8
Code: G8L7 48
Date: September 2007
Download: PDA in Office Management and Information Technology at SCQF level 8 Arrangements Document

Assessment Exemplars