PDA Managing Self and Others SCQF level 7

The PDA in Managing Self and Others at SCQF level 7 offers candidates the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in self-management and working with people. Candidates who successfully complete the qualification will benefit from a sound foundation in the basic managerial skills of dealing with others. They will also have been able to develop a personal development plan which could be the basis of development throughout their career as managers. This should place them, and their employers, in a strong position to cope with the demands that a changing economy places on organisations.

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers and is jointly certificated by SQA and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The PDA in Managing Self and Others at SCQF level 7:

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

The PDA in Managing Self and Others at SCQF level 7 is intended for first-line managers or those aspiring to this role.


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. Candidates are likely to have some relevant work experience. They might already have some experience of a management role or have a reasonable expectation of entering a management position.

The PDA in Managing Self and Others at SCQF level 7 is jointly certificated by SQA and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Successful candidates can therefore gain 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.

Candidates who successfully complete this PDA may progress to related PDAs in Management or HN Units to build up their qualification(s) towards a full HNC in Management or PDA Diploma in Management.

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.

The qualification consists of two practical Units and has been designed to suit candidates who are employed. Candidates will be supported by a qualified assessor and can work through their qualification at their own pace. However, it is likely that assessment plans agreed between assessor and candidate will include target dates for completion of specific parts of each Unit.

Group Award code: G9CR 47 (16 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 7


The PDA in Managing Self and Others at SCQF level 7 consists of two mandatory Units:

Management: Developing Self Management Skills — H1F1 34
Managing and Working with People — H1F4 34

Support materials

SQA's high quality workbooks and interactive activities which assist with the delivery of the HNC in Management, Diploma in Management and the suite of PDAs in Management consisting of HN Units, are now available on SQA's secure website. See your centre's SQA Co-ordinator for access.

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