Personal Development Planning SCQF Level 7

Learn to effectively plan your own personal and professional development.


Why take this course?

Personal development planning is increasingly used by individuals, in a wide range of occupations, to keep their personal and job related knowledge, skills and expertise up to date. One of the particular qualities a potential employer will look for is your ability to manage your own learning and development.

Completing this Unit will help you to demonstrate to yourself and to your employer that you are capable of doing this. It will help you to clarify and achieve your personal and career aims, and will complement your HN study programme whilst supporting the development of a wide range of transferable skills. 

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

 In this Unit you will have the opportunity to:

  • Create and maintain a personal development portfolio and personal action plan
  • Implement your personal action plan
  • Monitor and evaluate your action plan and its implementation

For purposes of assessment you will provide evidence, in your personal development portfolio, that you have been able to complete all of the related activities and that you are able to meet the Unit outcomes. You will be provided with guidance and support to help you to create, maintain and present your portfolio and your assessment evidence. The activities associated with the unit should provide ample opportunities for candidates to generate and gather the required evidence of achievement. Assessments are booked through the BCD team.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

This unit is open to all candidates admitted to HNC/HND programmes. 

What you will need

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Brenda Bryce, Distance Learning Co-ordinator by email or on 01346 506014 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees* Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £125.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.