Professional Development Award in Human Resource Management: An Introduction

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The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Human Resource Management (HRM): An Introduction at SCQF level 7 was designed to provide an alternative study option for those who are considering a career in Human Resource Management, those already carrying out a role in this discipline or for learners who might not be able to commit to a full time HNC but would like to develop their skills in this area whilst achieving a recognised qualification.  

Studying Human Resource Management (HRM) offers several advantages, such as: 

  • Understanding of Human Capital.  HRM provides insights into how to manage and develop an organisation’s most valuable asset – its people.
  • Organisational success.  Effective HRM can improve employee morale, productivity and overall organisational performance.
  • Legal compliance.  HRM education helps navigate complex labour laws and regulations, reducing legal risks for businesses.
  • Problem Solving Skills.  You’ll learn to address workplace conflicts, diversity, and other people-related challenges.
  • Employee Development.  HRM teaches methods for training and developing employees, enhancing their skills and knowledge.
  • Strategic role.  It equips you to contribute to an organisation’s strategic planning and achieve its business objectives through HR strategies.
  • Personal Growth.  It fosters interpersonal skills, communication, and emotional intelligence which are valuable in various aspects of life.
  • Job Satisfaction. Many find HR careers fulfilling as they make a difference in the lives of employees and organisations.



There are no formal entry requirements for this course.


There are three core units to the Professional Development Award:

Human Resource Management: Introduction, Interviewing: Skills and Practice and Recruitment, Selection and Induction.

This PDA was designed to:

  • Enhance Learners’ knowledge of HR policy and practice.
  • Provide opportunities to explore and evaluate effective human resource management functions.
  • Develop skills in interview planning and technique.
  • Develop an understanding of the recruitment and induction processes.