PDA in Organisational Leadership
at SCQF level 9

PDA in Organisational Leadership<br />at SCQF level 9

Effective leadership is crucial to organisations if they wish to achieve their current and longer-term objectives. The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Organisational Leadership at SCQF level 9 addresses this development need through topics such as approaches to leadership, leadership and organisational vision, leadership skills, and developing leaders.

The qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The qualification is:

  • nationally recognised
  • suitable for managers in all business and industry sectors
  • vehicle for candidates to progress to other management qualifications
  • suitable for work-based achievement

The two Units in this award overlap and it may well be possible to integrate delivery.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Organisational Leadership is intended for departmental managers or people who are in senior management roles or those aspiring to these positions.


Access to this award will be at the discretion of the centre. There should be no barriers to entry and the award should be open to all candidates who have a reasonable chance of achieving it.

It would, however, be beneficial if candidates had good written and oral communications skills. This PDA is at SCQF level 9 and, for this reason, it is unlikely that candidates who do not have some experience of working in a management capacity will benefit from the award.


The PDA in Organisational Leadership at SCQF level 9 will offer progression to the HNC/Diploma in Management or SVQs in Management up to SVQ 5.


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

Assessment consists of a closed-book holistic assessment lasting 2 hours for the Organisational Leadership and Development Unit and a report for the Leadership for Managers Unit.

Where can you take this course?

Arrangements Documents

Title: PDA in Organisational Leadership at SCQF level 9
Code: G9CV 49
Date: Version 02 (December 2012)
Download: PDA in Organisational Leadership at SCQF level 9 Arrangements Document

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