PDA in Executry Law and Practice

PDA in Executry Law and Practice

The PDA in Executry Law and Practice at SCQF level 8 is intended for both trainee and experienced paralegals who wish to become a Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal in the legal domain of Executry Law and Practice. This qualification covers Essential Skills for Paralegals; Drafting Wills; Executry Law and Practice Accounting; and Tax for Executries.

This qualification is currently available through colleges. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and to be achievable within one year on a part-time basis.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Executry Law and Practice at SCQF level 8 has been developed in partnership with The Scottish Paralegal Association, employers and practitioners and replaces the PDA in Executries (G95P 48).

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for paralegals who already work in the legal domain of executry law and practice, or for paralegals from other legal domains who are re-training in this area. It will help learners who aspire to the role of a paralegal to gain the knowledge and practical skills needed for entry and progression in the workplace.

The PDA is also recognised for the purposes of registration as a Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Executry Law and Practice is aimed at both trainee and experienced paralegals working in the specialism of executry law and practice, whether in private practice, banks or building societies. It could also be undertaken by paralegals in other legal domains who wish to move into this area of work, or those learners not currently employed who aspire to a paralegal role in the near future.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. Learners will usually be already working as a paralegal, either as a trainee or as a more experienced paralegal in this or another legal specialism, although this is not essential. Ideally, learners would normally have some experience in executry law and practice, although this is also not essential. Learners would normally be expected to have competence in Communication at SCQF level 6 or equivalent.

Candidates who have achieved the HNC or HND in Legal Services would have some evidence towards the Units in the PDA.


The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the Law Society of Scotlands competences in the legal domain of Executry Law and Practice.

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


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQAs Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQAs general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Candidates will be assessed by a range of methods including written and/or oral responses designed to test their problem solving and research skills in a legal context, and the application of these skills to real-life scenarios.

Learning support materials are available for the Essential Skills for Paralegals Unit on SQA Academy, accessible using a candidate and tutor enrolment key available to centres once approved for the qualification.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

PDA Executry Law and Practice

Group Award code: GG9P 48 (32 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Executry Law and Practice at SCQF level 8 consists of four mandatory Units each comprising 8 SQA credits, or 1 SCQF credit at SCQF level 8 (32 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the Units and structure of this qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification document.

Group Award Specification