PDA in Hospitality at SCQF level 7

PDA in Hospitality at SCQF level 7

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Hospitality at SCQF level 7 supports the continuing professional development of individuals who hold, or aspire to hold, team leading or supervisory roles within the hospitality industry.

The PDA covers areas such as hospitality supervision which helps to develop the knowledge and skills required to train and lead people to deliver a hospitality service. It also includes optional units in financial and control systems, food and beverage service, food production processes, conferences and food hygiene — allowing learners to select options that reflect their own career aspirations.

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of practical activities delivered in a range of hospitality contexts (eg food and beverage service, accommodation, reception), classroom-based lessons covering theory and underpinning knowledge, and self-directed study.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Hospitality at SCQF level 7 has been developed in partnership with employers and industry.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

It can also be offered to people who are in training and who wish to gain employment in the sector.

The unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units are typically 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The target audience is those in work, or seeking employment, who require a specific skill set.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enter this PDA. However, good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. In addition learners would benefit from having attained skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • current or prior experience working in the hospitality industry at team leader/supervisor level
  • relevant SVQ at SCQF 5 or above, eg SVQ 2 Hospitality Services
  • National Certificate in Hospitality at SCQF 5
  • Different combinations of relevant National or vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies


The units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Hospitality.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to a full HN qualification in Hospitality/Hospitality Management at SCQF level 7 or 8.


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

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.

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.

Assessment will allow candidates to enhance their own practice and apply their specialist knowledge of the hospitality industry.

Assessment support packs are available for the units in this qualification.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL61 47 (48 SCQF credit points)


The PDA in Hospitality at SCQF level 7 consists of two mandatory SQA unit credits and four optional SQA unit credits.

Group Award Specification