PDA Sport Educator Tutoring SCQF level 7

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards (NOS). The PDA in Sport Educator Tutoring at SCQF level 7 covers areas such as preparing to support learning; facilitating, enabling and evaluating learning; and sports education in Scotland.

This qualification is available through Scottish sports national governing bodies and Sportscotland.

The PDA in Sport Educator Tutoring at SCQF level 7 has been developed in partnership with Scottish sports national governing bodies and Sportscotland, ensuring it is suitable for the current sector.

This qualification will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development (CPD) for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace. The award can underpin a number of other awards delivered by sports governing bodies.

This qualification is intended for individuals who work in sports education tutoring within a sports national governing body.

The qualification recognises the competence, skills and knowledge required for those who tutor within a sporting context.

This award will enhance the skills of learners who may already hold UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) qualifications, and will be a valuable component of their CPD.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enter this PDA.

Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required.

The units that make up the PDA have been mapped against the NOS for Learning and Development.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs, which could in turn allow them to progress to a full HN qualification in Coaching and Developing Sport, HN Sport and Recreation Management, and HN Fitness Health and Exercise.

Prior to delivering a PDA in Sport Educator Tutoring, SQA centres should ensure they fulfil the relevant stipulations for approval.

Centres must contact Sport Scotland to obtain a Letter of Support prior to seeking SQA approval. This letter must be submitted with the Approval Application to SQA. Please send an email to Coaching&Volunteering@sportscotland.org.uk, to request a supporting letter from Sport Scotland.

Centres interested in offering this qualification 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 (510 KB).

The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).

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

Group Award code: GL78 47 (24 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Sport Educator Tutoring at SCQF level 7 consists of three mandatory units.