PDA in Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity

PDA in Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity

The aim of the PDA Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity 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.

Candidates would normally be expected to have competence in 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 Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity 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.

This field of work is not necessarily about working with clients that are incapacitated, as Powers of Attorney are initiated by a client before the client in incapacitated and it becoming commonplace for POA to be prepared as part of planning for the future and a POA can avoid an application for Guardianship at a future date.

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 working in Local Authority Legal Teams and Social Work departments would also benefit from this training.

The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the Law Society of Scotland's competences in the legal domain of law and practice relating to adults with incapacity domain

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs in the suite of paralegel 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 Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity

Group Award code: GD3L 48 (32 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity at SCQF level 8 consists of three mandatory Units with a total of 32 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

Legal Aid in Scotland 

FW32 35

8

8

1

Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity

FT6H 35

16

8

2

Group Award Specification

Title: PDA in Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity at SCQF level 8
Code: GD3L 48
Date: September 2013
Download: PDA in Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity at SCQF level 8 Arrangements Document (276 KB)