PDA in Managing Self and the Work
of Others at SCQF 7

PDA in Managing Self and the Work<br />of Others at SCQF 7

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7 focuses on two of the main areas of managerial competence: managing yourself and managing others. The PDA enables candidates to develop and achieve the general competences which underpin all aspects of management.

The qualification is available through colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7:

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

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7 is intended for managers who wish to develop competence in personal and self-development within an operational management context.


Access to the 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 some relevant work experience, preferably in a managerial role. It would be beneficial also if candidates had good written and oral communications skills and could demonstrate prior achievement at SCQF level 6.


The PDA is jointly certificated by SQA and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Successful candidates can gain membership of 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 successfully complete this PDA will have gained two of the seven Units of the full SVQ 3 in Management at SCQF level 7.


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 theManagement Assessment Strategy (105 KB) (40 KB).

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?

Arrangements Documents

Title: PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7
Code: GC6H 47
Date: Version 03 (December 2012)
Download: PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7 Arrangements Document (446KB)

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: GC6H 47 (22 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 7


The PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7 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 (40 KB)

Information sheet(s)