PDA in Operational Leadership and Management at SCQF level 8

PDA in Operational Leadership and Management at SCQF level 8

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

The PDA in Operational Leadership and Management at SCQF level 8 is designed for managers who wish to develop competence, knowledge and skills in directing, motivating and leading the work of others.

It consists of one mandatory leadership unit and one optional unit so that learners can achieve certification in a relatively short period of time. There are over 60 optional units to choose from.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some employers.

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Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Operational Leadership and Management at SCQF level 8 has been developed in response to employers/centres looking for more flexible provision in management and leadership and is jointly certificated with the Chartered Management Institute.

The PDA in Operational Leadership and Management at SCQF level 8:

  • can be achieved at work or through a college/training provider
  • has no formal entry requirements
  • provides recognition of leadership and managing skills
  • enables progression
  • enhances career prospects

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 or further study.

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

This PDA provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Operational Leadership and Management at SCQF level 8 is suited to those leaders with responsibility for the work of others who are seeking to consolidate and strengthen their skills and feel ready to move up to leading larger functions or departments, more complex projects and/or leading other team leaders.

Access

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 learners who have a reasonable chance of achieving it. It would, however, be beneficial if candidates had good communications skills.

Progression

Learners completing a PDA in Operational Leadership and Management will have many progression opportunities, eg other PDAs, SVQ in Management at SCQF level 9, Diploma in Management and Leadership.  

 

Approval

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

The qualification consists of a mandatory leadership unit and a wide range of optional units. 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.

The individual unit specifications and assessment strategy provide information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

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Qualification Structure

Qualifications structure

Group award code: GM0C 48

Structure

The PDA in Operational Leadership and Management at SCQF level 8 consists of one mandatory unit and one optional unit taken from a wide range of options.

Group Award Specification