PDA Sports Coaching SCQF level 7

PDA Sports Coaching SCQF level 7

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

This PDA is for learners who wish to work in the sports sector. It is jointly certificated with sportscotland and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

This qualification is available through further education colleges only.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 7 has been developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the sector.

The unit-based structure supports flexibility. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Sports Coaching is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business


As with all SQA qualifications, entry 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:

  • SVQ at SCQF level 6 in appropriate subjects
  • occupationally relevant skills and experience
  • some experience in sports coaching

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.


Successful completion of the PDA may lead to career opportunities which include, but are not confined to: sports coaching and/or activity leadership and active school roles.

The PDA is mapped to the sportscotland Effective Coaching Map and is recognised by Community Leisure UK (Scotland) as a qualification that will meet their workforce needs and therefore represents a passport to employment.


The Professional Development Award in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 7 is available for delivery within further education colleges only.

Centres interested in offering this qualification 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.  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.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

PDA in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 7

Group award code: GP7Y47 (32 SCQF credit points)

PDA in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 7 consists of three mandatory units (32 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification