PDA Working with Carers and Young Carers SCQF level 7

PDA Working with Carers and Young Carers SCQF level 7

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards.

The PDA in Working with Carers and Young Carers at SCQF level 7 is intended to enhance professional practice in a range of settings. It can be used as evidence of post-registration training and learning (PRTL) and continuous professional development (CPD) in social services and health professions, or it can lead to progression to further education courses, such as the HNC in Health and Social Care. To ensure a consistent benchmark for progression to other qualifications, the PDA is mapped to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) at SVQ Level 3.

The PDA covers areas such as awareness, caring together and ‘getting it right’ for young carers.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA for Working with Carers and Young Carers at SCQF level 7 has been developed in partnership with employers and industry.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

It can also be offered to people who are in training and who wish to gain employment in the sector.

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.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA is suitable for learners who are likely to come into contact with carers and/or young carers in their practice. It can be undertaken by learners who may not come into contact with carers as part of their current role, but they are encouraged to make links with a local carer or young carer support service in order to widen their experience of carers.

It is also suitable for health and social care students, including school leavers and adult returners, and the existing health and social care workforce. It can be used by employers in the health and social care sectors, carer support organisations and training providers.


Entry to this qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following:

  • Written and oral communication skills at Core Skills level 6 or above.

Paid or unpaid practice in a health, social care or other setting in which they are likely to come into contact with carers and/or young carers.


The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards at SVQ Level 3, which provides a consistent benchmark for progression to other qualifications.

There are no articulation routes specified for this PDA.


Centres interested in offering this qualification should come forward for approval and 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). The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).

How to assess

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

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GK7F 47 (16 SCQF credit points)

The Award comprises one mandatory Unit Carer Aware and one of two optional Units Caring Together and Getting it Right for Young Carers. Learners who successfully complete two Units will achieve the Award.

For further information on the structure and Units of this qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification document.

Group Award Specification