PDA in Strategic Management

PDA in Strategic Management

The Professional Development Award (PDA) is about contributing to the strategic process in organisations. It covers different strategic concepts, establishing a strategic position and methods of working out a strategy — particularly the production of a strategic plan.

The qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The qualification is:

  • nationally recognised
  • suitable for managers in all business and industry sectors
  • vehicle for candidates to progress to other management qualifications
  • suitable for work based achievement

The two Units in the award overlap and it may well be possible to integrate delivery.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Strategic Management is suitable for:

  • middle managers
  • departmental managers
  • aspiring middle managers


Access to this award will be at the discretion of the centre. There should be no barriers to entry and the award should be open to all candidates who have a reasonable chance of achieving it.

It would, however, be beneficial if candidates had good written and oral communications skills.


The PDA in Strategic Management will offer progression to the HNC/Diploma in Management and Leadership and SVQs in Management up to SVQ level 5.


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

Assessment for both Units making up this award is open book. The Units lend themselves to holistic assessment. The Outcomes and their associated Knowledge and/or Skills items in the Units are very closely linked

Candidates may generate evidence for the Units in a number of different ways and should be encouraged to provide evidence in a format which suits their particular situation.

The Units lend themselves to an assessment approach whereby candidates generate evidence during the delivery of the Units and gather it together in a portfolio; this could be either paper based or electronic. A portfolio based approach like this can facilitate combined assessment between both Units.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

PDA Strategic Management

Group Award code: GF93 48 (16 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 8

The PDA in Strategic Management at SCQF level 8 consists of two mandatory Units:

Management: Strategic Change — H1S6 35
Management: Develop Strategic Plans — H1S7 35

Additional information can be found on SQA’s Management subject homepage.

Group Award Specification

Title: PDA in Strategic Management at SCQF level 8
Code: GF93 48
Date: December 2012
Download: PDA in Strategic Management at SCQF level 8 Arrangements Document (502 KB)