Childhood Practice Students
Langside Campus
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 is designed to support the professional development of practitioners who wish to enhance their professional practice and/or are aspiring to be a managers of services for children and young people.

The complete PDA Plus has 120 SCQF credits at level 8.

What will I learn?

The PDA Group Award is achieved on the successful attainment of the five double credit mandatory units. In total, you will need to achieve 80 HN credits to achieve the full Group Award.

  • Childhood Practice: Enhanced Professional Practice
  • Childhood Practice: Leadership and Team Working
  • Childhood Practice: Integrated and Collaborative Working
  • Childhood Practice: Policy to Practice
  • Childhood Practice: Pedagogical Approaches

We have added extra credits with the addition of appropriate SVQ units to bring the credits up to 120 at SCQF level 8 over the two year duration of the course delivery to allow for progression on to the PDA Childhood Practice: Leadership and Management at SCQF Level 9.

The complete PDA Plus has 120 SCQF credits at level 8.

Interviews for this course take place from late April. 

For up to date information on the fees and costs for this course, please use the Course Enquiry button or Course Contact.

You may be eligible to apply for a part-time fee grant from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the courses at SCQF Level 7, 8 and 9. For more information contact SAAS.

Employer and industry links

This professional qualification supports the development of the workforce and will allow you to develop the skills, knowledge and practice required for working in the early learning, childcare and playwork sector.

It also supports the post registration training and learning requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for practitioners.

Jobs and further study

Progression routes into PDA in Childhood Practice: Leadership and Management at SCQF Level 9, or the BA in Childhood Practice and will enable the development of the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage services for children and young people.

Further employment opportunities to progress to lead practitioner or manager roles.

Entry requirements (minimum)

You should already have qualifications in the sector that allow registration by the SSSC as a Practitioner at SCQF Level 7, for example:

  • HNC in Childhood Practice
  • SVQ Playwork (SCQF Level 7)
  • SVQ Social Services: Children and Young People (SCQF Level 7) or equivalent.

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 272 3777