Flexible PDAs in Leadership and Management

Our flexible Professional Development Awards (PDAs) in Leadership and Management have been developed in response to employers and SQA centres, looking for more flexible provision in management and leadership.

These new awards give more choice to learners, employers and centres. With a wide range of optional units, learners can select the units that are most relevant for them.

They are available at four levels so whether you are just starting out in management or are a senior manager working in strategic development, we have something to suit you.

Explore our flexible Professional Development Awards in Leadership and Management (151 KB)

What are PDAs and what’s different?

PDAs are aimed at those already in employment; particularly those in a career who wish to broaden their skills base.

Usually with PDAs, learners are required to complete mandatory units and in some cases can choose a small number of optional units - all defined by the course.

With the flexible PDA, the learner completes two units - one mandatory and one optional. However, the number and variety of optional units they can choose from is far wider than other PDAs. 

The number of optional units will vary depending on the qualification, ranging from 30 units to over 70 units. This allows learners to develop a strong foundation in leadership and management skills, while achieving certification in a relatively short period of time.

The qualifications are:

PDA in Introductory Leadership and Management
The PDA in Introductory Leadership and Management at SCQF level 6 covers the fundamental principles of leadership and management. It has been designed for those at the start of their leadership journey - either aspiring leaders or those in their first leadership position.
Introductory Leadership and Management GM0L 46

PDA in Team Leadership and Management
The PDA in Team Leadership and Management at SCQF level 7 is designed for those looking to move into their first formal team leadership role or those new to team leadership.
Team Leadership and Management  GL9D 47

PDA in Operational Leadership and Management
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.
Operational Leadership and Management GM0C 48

PDA in Strategic Leadership and Management
The PDA in Strategic Leadership and Management at SCQF level 9 is designed for leaders and managers who contribute to strategic development in an organisation - as well as those who wish to enhance their awareness and understanding of the strategic process.  
Strategic Leadership and Management GM0M 49