Hospitality (SCQF level 7) PDA

What is special about this course?

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The PDA in Hospitality (SCQF level 7)* supports continuing professional development for individuals who hold, or aspire to hold, team leading or supervisory roles within the hospitality industry.

The course is designed to help address the well-documented and ongoing management skills gap in the sector, and is suitable for learners who:

  • have relevant experience in the industry but no formal qualifications
  • wish to develop knowledge and skills in new areas to enhance career progression
  • have partly completed a relevant HNC/D and want recognition for the Units they have successfully completed

Many supervisors and managers in the sector have been promoted to senior positions on the basis of their experience but without qualifications. This PDA will allow them to gain practical and specialist skills at a high level along with certification for the level of work that they are performing.

*subject to validation

Special features

  • Achieve a Level 7 qualification in one semester
  • Blended delivery, including face-to-face practical classes and online theory
  • Develop a high level of professional, operational and supervisory hospitality skills

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at Grade C or above OR
  • 1 A Level at Grade D or above
  • Alternatively, current or prior experience working in the hospitality industry at team leader/supervisor level
  • A relevant SVQ at SCQF level 5 or above, eg SVQ 2 Hospitality Services
  • National Certificate in Hospitality at SCQF 5
  • Different combinations of relevant national or vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies
  • You may be invited to attend an interview

Year 1 - PDA

Modules will include:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Food hygiene intermediate
  • Hospitality: financial and control systems
  • Hospitality industry
  • Hospitality supervision

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time
  • You will learn through a combination of hands-on practical classes within the Hospitality and Tourism Academy at Moray College, virtual classes and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 6 months @ 12 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray College UHI

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the college where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

Students may be required to purchase Chef Whites and Restaurant Uniform for relevant practical sessions (approx £50).

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might like to consider Supervisory/Management roles in:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Industrial catering
  • Banqueting
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Residential homes

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from PDA in Hospitality at SCQF Level 7 to the following courses:

  • HNC Hospitality Operations
  • HNC Professional Cookery
  • Further relevant Level 7 PDA Qualifications

Is there more information available online?

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