PDA in Leadership at SCQF level 8

PDA in Leadership at SCQF level 8

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Leadership at SCQF level 8 is designed to build and achieve competence in leadership — and in motivating and supporting others. It is primarily aimed at managers who have gained some management experience and wish to consolidate and enhance their competence as leaders.

The qualification is available from colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Leadership at SCQF level 8:

  • is nationally recognised
  • can be achieved at work
  • has no formal entry requirements
  • provides recognition of leadership and managing change skills
  • enables progression within the Management HN and SVQ/NVQ framework
  • enhances career prospects

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Leadership is intended for people who are currently employed in management posts, predominantly at first-line, team-leading or middle-management level.


Whilst entry to the PDA in Leadership at SCQF level 8 is at the discretion of the centre, eligible managers should have current experience in a managerial role which will enable them to demonstrate the competences of the two Units in this PDA.

The PDAs in Management are based on SVQ Management Units. In line with the Assessment Strategy developed for SVQs in Management, access to the PDAs in Management is open only to those who currently occupy a management role which enables them to display competence at the level of the standards which make up the award. The nature and level of the management role may vary depending on the level of PDA involved.


Successful candidates can gain membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which means that they can become part of the professional community of managers and can benefit from the development opportunities that this can bring.

Candidates who complete this PDA will have gained two of the eight Units of the full SVQ 4 in Management at SCQF level 9.


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

As this PDA is based on SVQ Units, the assessment is governed by the Management Assessment Strategy.

Candidates will gather evidence of their performance through normal workplace activity, in line with the requirements of the PDA. This evidence will be assessed.

Usual workplace assessment methods will apply, such as use of observation, examining of work products, testimonial evidence from witnesses, Accreditation of Prior Learning, etc.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Arrangements Documents

Title: PDA in Leadership at SCQF Level 8
Code: G9MN 48
Date: Version 03 (December 2012)
Download: PDA in Leadership at SCQF level 8 Arrangements Document (443 KB)

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: G9MN 48 (20 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 8


The PDA in Leadership at SCQF level 8 consists of two mandatory Units.

Candidate support packs

To assist with knowledge requirements, SQA has produced a range of support materials for SVQs in Management and the suite of PDAs in Management (consisting of SVQ Units). Your centre’s SQA Co-ordinator will have access to these support materials on SQA’s secure website. Please approach them for access. The attached document shows support materials currently available for all SQA's Management Awards 

Information Sheet