PDA Scottish Bagpipes SCQF level 7 and 8

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills.

The PDAs in Scottish Bagpipes at SCQF levels 7 and 8 cover the following specialist skills: Scottish bagpipe solo performance and theory.

The PDAs in Scottish Bagpipes at SCQF levels 7 and 8 have been developed by SQA in partnership with the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB).

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.

The target audience is those in work, or seeking employment, who require a specific skill set, individuals interested in bagpipe music, existing pipers involved in solo playing, armed forces personnel, and other piping and pipe band organisations.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it is expected that the candidate would enter the level 7 qualification having first progressed through the NPA in Scottish Bagpipes Qualifications from SCQF level 2 to level 6

Learners could have the opportunity to progress to a degree in traditional music.

Centres interested in offering this qualification 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. 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.

Group award codes: GT9W 47 (24 SCQF credit points) and GT9X 48 (24 SCQF credit points)


The PDAs in Scottish Bagpipes at SCQF level 7 and SCQF level 8 consist of 2 mandatory units each.