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: 

1.      Understanding of Human Capital.  HRM provides insights into how to manage and develop an organisation’s most valuable asset – its people.

2.      Organisational success.  Effective HRM can improve employee morale, productivity and overall organisational performance.

3.      Legal compliance.  HRM education helps navigate complex labour laws and regulations, reducing legal risks for businesses.

4.      Problem Solving Skills.  You’ll learn to address workplace conflicts, diversity, and other people-related challenges.

5.      Employee Development.  HRM teaches methods for training and developing employees, enhancing their skills and knowledge.

6.      Strategic role.  It equips you to contribute to an organisation’s strategic planning and achieve its business objectives through HR strategies.

7.      Personal Growth.  It fosters interpersonal skills, communication, and emotional intelligence which are valuable in various aspects of life.

8.      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.