PDA Health and Social Care Supervision SCQF level 7

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Health and Social Care Supervision at SCQF level 7, was created to meet the requirements of social service workers who are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at support or practitioner level, and who are now in a supervisory role requiring additional qualifications.

This qualification is designed for employees who are in their first-line-management role and who provide supervision, support and guidance to other staff. Examples of possible job titles include senior care workers, senior support workers and senior day-care workers in services for older people, mental health, home care and housing support.

This qualification is available through colleges.

The PDA in Health and Social Care Supervision is designed to give candidates the knowledge, understanding and practical experience necessary to provide support in learning and workplace settings.

This qualification has been developed at SCQF level 7 in order to take into account the critical evaluative, analytical and reflective abilities needed to develop professionally in the social services

The PDA in Health and Social Care is designed for those who are involved in supervising others in social services and related settings. It will enable candidates to widen their knowledge of specific areas of health and social care supervision.


This award is intended for workers who are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council.

For registration purposes, the SSSC currently defines the role of supervisor in care home services for adults as '...workers who have responsibilities for supervising staff and for overseeing and monitoring the implementation of care plans.' The role of supervisor in housing support services is defined as '…workers who have responsibility for the supervision of other workers.'

For registration, the SSSC requires supervisors to achieve:
a relevant care-related qualification at SVQ level 3 or equivalent, and
a supervisory or management qualification with a minimum of 15 credits at SCQF level 7 or above

The PDA in Health and Social Care Supervision at SCQF level 7 is for candidates who require a qualification of 15 credits at SCQF level 7 or above in order to meet these SSSC requirements.

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Successful completion of this PDA may lead to opportunities for employment in a more senior role. It may also lead to the candidate being able to gain access to a range of other related health and social services qualifications.

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

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

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

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

Group Award code: G9AM 47 (16 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 7

Mandatory Units

Health and Social Care: Supervise People — F6CX 34
Health and Social Care: Supervise the Protection of People — F6CW 34

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