PDA in Family Law

PDA in Family Law

The aim of the PDA in Family Law at SCQF Level 8 is to recognise candidates continuing professional development as a paralegal in this area, and to develop the relevant specialist, practical skills and knowledge they will need as a paralegal to satisfy the requirements for registration as a Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal in this area.

 

 

Who does this qualification suit

Access to this PDA will ultimately be at the discretion of the delivering centre. However, candidates are expected in the main to be in employment as a paralegal, either as a trainee or a more experienced paralegal in this or another legal specialism. 

Research for the award has established the importance to employers of the Core Skills in Communication, Working with Others and Problem Solving. To ensure that candidates already have high level skills in reading, writing, talking and listening, the recommended entry profile is Communication at SCQF level 6 or equivalent.

Candidates who have achieved either the HNC or HND in Legal Services who are not yet employed as a paralegal would have some evidence towards the award and may be able to complete it with a view to securing a post as a paralegal in Scotland.         

 

Candidate Information

The aim of the PDA in Family Law at SCQF Level 8 is to recognise your continuing professional development as a paralegal in this area, and to develop the relevant specialist, practical skills and knowledge you will need as a paralegal to satisfy the requirements for registration as a Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal in this area.  You may already be working as a paralegal in this or another specialist area or you may be a full/part time student finishing an HNC or HND in Legal Services and may wish to gain employment in the near future as a paralegal.

Progression

Employment in this area of work is not confined to the private legal sector and often those working in voluntary organisations providing advice and assistance such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and those involved in Family Mediation or Social Work.

The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the Law Society of Scotland's competences in the legal domain of family law.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs in the suite of paralegal awards.

Approval

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide (510 KB).

Qualification Structure

PDA Family Law

Group Award Code: GD3K 48 (40 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Family Law at SCQF level 8 consists of four mandatory Units with a total of 40 SCQF credit points. The structure is illustrated below:

Unit title Code SCQF credit points SCQF level SQA credit value

Essential Skills for Paralegals

FT5R 35

8

8

1

Sheriff Court Procedures for Divorce or Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

FW2T 35

8

8

1

Family Law: Principles and Court Actions

FW2R 35

16

8

2

Legal Aid in Scotland

FW32 35

8

8

1

Group Award Specification

Title: PDA in Family Law at SCQF level 8
Code: GD3K 48
Date: October 2013
Download: PDA in Family Law at SCQF level 8 Arrangements Document (271 KB)