PDA Rehabilitation Technologies

SCQF Level
Start Date
Various start dates
Qualification Type
Course Type
Flexible Start Dates


Flexible Start Dates

The PDA in Rehabilitation Technologies is a national award providing a flexible and integrated training programme for technical staff working within the fields of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Orthopaedic Footwear manufacture.

What will I learn?

The PDA in Rehabilitation Technologies (SCQF Level 7) award comprises:

  • Five mandatory core units
  • Two optional units from a catalogue of 16 units which generates seven SQA credits.

You will be required to complete a minimum of seven credits to achieve the qualification, however, you can complete more credits if desired.

Your employer will contribute to the selection of the optional units.

This award was designed by Glasgow Clyde College through consultation with the NHS, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BAPO) and the British Healthcare Trade Association (BHTA) and is jointly certificated by BAPO and SQA.

This course provides a robust and certified award which will equip you with a range of knowledge, specialist skills and values to enable you to improve your professional practice and contribute towards continuous professional development.

Throughout the course, a person-centred focus is emphasised as this enhances service provision and supports quality frameworks.

The award meets the need for competent and empowered staff who are able to contribute to and implement continuous service changes.

This course is a distance learning course with tutor support via:

  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Email
  • Phone.

In the course you will:

  • Develop and apply a broad range of specialised vocational knowledge and skills and gain recognition from British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) and British Health Care Trades Association (BHTA)
  • Develop/build on co-operative working skills
  • Develop underpinning knowledge that enables integration of theory and practice
  • Develop inter-professional working practices
  • Demonstrate effective skills in the development of orthotic and prosthetic devices, and/or:
  • Demonstrate effective skills in the development of orthopaedic footwear, and/or:
  • Demonstrate competencies in the manufacture of orthotic and prosthetic devices, and/or
  • Develop competencies in the manufacture of orthopaedic footwear.

Entry requirements (minimum)

You must be working in Orthotic, Prosthetic or Orthopaedic Footwear manufacture as a technician working in the NHS, contracted companies working within the NHS, and private companies.

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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6174