PDA Human Resource Management: An Introduction SCQF level 7

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The PDA in Human Resource Management: An Introduction at SCQF level 7 covers practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meets the needs of employers. The PDA develops knowledge and skills in areas such as: HR policy and practice, interviewing skills and recruitment and selection. The overall aim of the qualification is to provide learners with an introduction to issues relevant to an HR discipline. It is designed to develop knowledge of the role of human resources management as a key function within organisations.

This qualification covers areas such as an Introduction to Human Resource Management, and Interviewing: Skills and Practice and Recruitment, Selection and Induction. The specific aims of the PDA in Human Resource Management: An Introduction are to: enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of the operational areas of HRM; develop learners’ skills, knowledge and understanding of practical and administrative areas of HRM as preparation for employment at an appropriate level; and develop a range of core and transferable skills essential within Human Resource Management.

This qualification is available through colleges. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

The PDA in Human Resource Management: An Introduction at SCQF level 7 has developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the current sector.

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.

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).

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. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, the PDA is targeted at those who are currently working in Human Resource Management or those who have an interest in the subject area.

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

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs, which could perhaps lead to a full Higher National qualification in Human Resource Management at SCQF level 7.

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

Centres without devolved authority are required 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.

The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment support packs are available for all of the mandatory units of this qualification.

Group award code: GT6W 47  (24 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Human Resource Management: An Introduction at SCQF level 7 consists of three mandatory units.