PDA Commercial Conveyancing and Leasing SCQF level 8

PDA Commercial Conveyancing and Leasing SCQF level 8

Who does this qualification suit

Access to this PDA will ultimately be at the discretion of the delivering centre. However, candidates are expected in the main to be in employment as a paralegal, either as a trainee or a more experienced paralegal in this or another legal specialism.  Candidates would normally be expected to have competence in Communication at SCQF level 6 or equivalent.

Candidates who have achieved either the HNC or HND in Legal Services who are not yet employed as a paralegal would have some evidence towards the PDA, provided their evidence is still judged to demonstrate current competence.  These candidates may wish to complete the PDA with a view to securing a post as a paralegal in Scotland in the near future.


Candidate Information

The aim of the PDA in Commercial Conveyancing and Leasing at SCQF Level 8 is to recognise your continuing professional development as a paralegal in this area, or to develop the relevant specialist, practical skills and knowledge you will need as a paralegal. The qualification is jointly awarded by SQA and the Scottish Paralegal Association.  You may already be working as a paralegal in this or another specialist area or you may be a full/part time student finishing an HNC or HND in Legal Services and may wish to gain employment in the near future as a paralegal.


Employment in this area of  work is not confined to the private legal sector. In the Public Sector throughout Scotland, a high number of people are employed to deal with commercial conveyancing and leasing. The PDA would also be suitable for those employed in other sectors including Property Investment Companies and Financial Institutions dealing with loans and securities involving property.

The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the Law Society of Scotland's competences in the legal domain of Commercial Conveyancing and Leasing Law.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs in the suite of paralegal awards.


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 (510 KB).

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