PDA Hospitality SCQF level 7

PDA Hospitality SCQF level 7

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The PDA in Hospitality at SCQF level 7 supports continuing professional development for individuals who hold, or aspire to hold, team leading or supervisory roles within the hospitality industry.

The PDA covers areas such as hospitality supervision which helps to develop the knowledge and skills required to train and lead people to deliver a hospitality service. It also includes optional units in financial and control systems, food and beverage operations, accommodation operations, conferences, kitchen operations and food hygiene — allowing learners to select options that reflect their own career aspirations.

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of practical activities delivered in a range of hospitality contexts (eg food and beverage operations, accommodation operations), classroom-based lessons covering theory and underpinning knowledge, and self-directed study.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Hospitality 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.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study.

Who does this qualification suit

The target audience is those in work, or seeking employment, who require a specific skill set.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enter this PDA. However, good communication skills — both oral and written — are required. In addition, learners would benefit from having attained skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • current or prior experience working in the hospitality industry at team leader/supervisor level
  • relevant SVQ at SCQF level 5 or above, for example an SVQ in Hospitality Services at SCQF level 5
  • National Certificate in Hospitality Operations at SCQF level 5
  • different combinations of relevant national or vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies

Progression

The units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Hospitality.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other qualifications in Hospitality or related subjects at SCQF level 7.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority are required 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

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Each unit is assessed separately.

Assessment will allow candidates to enhance their own practice.

Assessment Support Packs are available for the units in this qualification.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Qualification Structure

Qualifications structure

Group award code: GR1H 47 (48 SCQF credit points)

Structure

The PDA in Hospitality at SCQF level 7 consists of 1 mandatory unit (16 SCQF credit points) and 2–4 units from the options section (32 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification

Lapsing

This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The finishing date for this qualification is 31/07/2023.

Centres should note that when a group award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

The group award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue.

The group award arrangements document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date, at which point it will be removed from the SQA website and archived.

No new centres may be approved to offer the group award.

Centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of three years (HNC) and four years (HND).

Centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of three years.

Centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of three years.

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL61 47 (48 SCQF credit points)

Structure

The PDA in Hospitality at SCQF level 7 consists of two mandatory SQA unit credits and four optional SQA unit credits.

Group Award Specification