PDA Business and Finance SCQF level 7

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The PDA in Business and Finance at SCQF level 7 covers the two key areas of Business and Finance and will prepare candidates for a range of other qualifications in the HN network including Business, Accounting and Administration. On completion of this qualification candidates would have automatic credit transfer for the 4 credits if progressing onto HN qualifications.

The target audience is those in employment who require a specific skill set, school leavers or those wishing to return to education.


Entry to this qualification is at the discretion of the centre. The following information on prior knowledge, skills, experience or qualifications that provide suitable preparation for this qualification has been provided by the Qualification Design Team as guidance only.
Learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:
  • Candidates must have National 5 Maths or equivalent. Support from guidance teachers is also required from candidates coming through the senior school phase.

There is no articulation onto a degree course, but successful completion of the unit would allow entry onto the HNC Business, Accounting or Administration courses.

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.

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/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.
A range and combination of teaching, learning and assessment methods may be used by centres. The following suggested delivery methods could be adopted by centres: 
  • lectures
  • tutorials 
  • problem based scenarios 
  • case studies 
  • group work 
  • online materials 
  • IT based teaching materials 
  • Virtual Learning Environments 

Group Award code: GR3E 47 (32 SCQF credit points)


The PDA in Business and Finance at SCQF level 7 consists of 4 mandatory Units.