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PDA Leadership and Management for Care Services - Level 9

Distance/Online Learning
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year


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This Professional Development Award (PDA) in Leadership and Management for Care Services is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and values to enable you to take on leadership and management challenges facing care and support services today.

This PDA meets the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration requirements for Care Managers and Senior staff and is a recognised Registered Managers Award. The award promotes best practice and quality improvement in services and is also ideal for developing middle management staff in readiness for future promoted posts.

This is a workplace qualification, based on up-to-date industry practice, so it is of wide appeal to Employers.

What will I learn?

  • Leadership and management skills and application
  • Managing resources, best practice and quality improvement
  • Understanding and leading workforce development
  • Understanding and leading protection and safeguarding
  • Understanding and leading supervision
  • SVQ Level 4  - two recognised units.

You will also enhance your ability to use technology and will be introduced to a wide range of Best Practice resources and current research and evaluation.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to share experiences with a small group of colleagues from across the sector.

This course involves blended learning with virtual attendance required once a week during term time. Any actual attendance would be very occasional and with agreement to suit students.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • as this is a work-based qualification you should be in a job role which enables you to provide the required evidence in a working environment
  • at least two years practical experience working as a senior in care and/or support services
  • HNC in Social Care, Health Care, Early Years/Childcare, SVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

Entry requirement equivalency table

Employer and industry links

  • This is a specific workplace qualification, based on up-to-date industry practice. It is of wide appeal to employers at Manager level and for Seniors who are looking to develop knowledge and skills for succession in the workplace.

Jobs and further study

  • Progression to a Registered Managers job role or promoted post
  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • Any other relevant degree programme should consider this SCQF Level 9 award.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will be contacted for interview and asked for a workplace reference and evidence of any relevant qualifications.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3779