SCQF Level 8
Enterprise and Commerce

Course Overview

The aim of the PDA in Family Law at SCQF Level 8 is to recognise learners continuing professional development as a paralegal in this area and to develop the relevant specialist, practical skills and knowledge they will need as a paralegal. The qualification is jointly awarded by SQA and the Scottish Paralegal Association.

Family Law is an area which has been affected by the recession but, unlike other areas such as conveyancing where business has fallen, the ongoing effects of the recession have meant an increase in clients seeking advice and assistance in this sector.

Family law work does not lend itself to routine. However, this is an area of work which involves a high level of documentation and the sector has indicated that there are particular areas in which paralegals can be invaluable, such as:

Completing Legal Aid applications Drafting a writ (for non-complex divorces) Completing simple divorce procedure forms Preparing a schedule of assets and liabilities Drafting affidavits Writing to register for extracts Serving all court forms (in both defended and undefended cases) Preparing an inventory of documents and a first draft of matrimonial property for negotiated settlements Other procedural work

What You Will Learn
  • Essential Skills for Paralegals
  • Sheriff Court Procedures for Divorce or Dissolution of Civil partnerships
  • Family Law: Principles and Court Action
  • Legal Aid in Scotland
Entry Requirements

  • Learners are expected in the main to be already working as a paralegal, either as a trainee or a more experienced paralegal in this or another legal specialism, although this is not essential
  • Ideally, learners would have some experience in conveyancing transactions, although this is also not essential
  • Learners would be expected to have competence in Communication at SCQF level 6 or equivalent


  • Learners who have achieved either the HNC or HND in Legal Services, who are not yet employed as a paralegal
  • Learners will be considered on an individual basis depending on prior qualifications and experience. Learners would be expected to have competence in Communication at SCQF level 6 or equivalent
  • You will be required to take part in an interview either via telephone or skype

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Ongoing assessments
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be required to take part in an interview either via telephone or skype
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • HND Legal Services
  • PDAs for Paralegals
  • 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of business-related degree programmes depending on other prior qualifications
Career Opportunities
  • Employment within the legal sector as a paralegal
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1afternoon per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £561 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
Start Date and Time

Part Time

This course will start on…
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date

Part Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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