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

PDA in Managing Self and the Work 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.

This qualification is available through training providers, colleges and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered in the workplace with candidates generating the required evidence as part of their current management role.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Leadership at SCQF level 8:

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

Candidate support packs are available for the knowledge requirements of the two units in this qualification.

The unit-based structure aids flexibility, with candidates generating the required evidence naturally through their current management job role.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study, training and professional qualifications (see Progression).

SQA and CMI have joined forces to help build careers in Management. CMI now offers one year free studying membership for those undertaking an SQA generic Management qualification. For further information please visit: http://www.managers.org.uk/sqa.

Who does this qualification suit

The main target audience for the PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7 is those currently employed in management posts, usually at first-line or middle management levels.

The PDA consists of SVQ units, which are workplace units. To be eligible for these units, candidates must have current occupational experience in a management role and be able to generate the relevant evidence.


Whilst entry to the PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7 is at the discretion of the centre, eligible managers should have current experience in a managerial role that will enable them to demonstrate the competences of the two units in this PDA.

The PDAs in Management are made up of SVQ Management units. In line with the Assessment Strategy developed for SVQs in Management, access to the PDAs in Management is open only to those who currently occupy a management role that enables them to display competence at the level of the standards which make up the award. The nature and level of the management role may vary depending on the level of PDA involved.


Candidates can progress to other PDAs in Management covering topics such as Leadership at SCQF level 8. They could also progress to an SVQ in Management at SCQF level 7 or SCQF level SCQF level 9 (depending on their management job role).

Candidates achieving this PDA are also eligible for studying membership of CMI, which means that they can become part of the professional community of managers and can benefit from development opportunities that this can bring.


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

Centres without devolved authority must 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

As this PDA is made up of SVQ units, the assessment is governed by the Assessment Strategy for PDAs in Leadership and Management.

Candidates gather evidence of their performance through normal workplace activity, in line with the requirements of the PDA. This evidence will be assessed using usual workplace assessment methods, such as use of portfolios/e-portfolios; observation; examining of work products; testimonial evidence from witnesses; personal statements; accreditation of prior learning, etc.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools


Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GM72 47 (20 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7 consists of 2 mandatory units:

  • Develop Your Knowledge Skills and Competence
  • Manage People’s Performance at Work

Group Award Specification


This Group Award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

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

Code:  GC6H 47

The finishing date for this qualification is 31 July 2019

Centres should note that when a Group Award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • the Group Award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue.
  • the Group Award Arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed from SQA website and archived.
  • no new centres may be approved to offer the Group Award.
  • centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the Group Award during the defined lapsing period of 2 years.

Arrangements Documents

Title: PDA in Managing Self and the Work of Others at SCQF level 7
Code: GC6H 47
Date: Version 03 (December 2018)
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)