Childhood Practice Students
Cardonald Campus
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Applications Closed

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 course is delivered part-time as an evening class or online over two academic years.

What will I learn?

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

The PDA Group Award is achieved on the successful attainment of 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 to the PDA Childhood Practice: Leadership and Management at SCQF Level 9.

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

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.

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 to 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.

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?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages: 

  • Selection will be by assessment of qualifications and interview
  • If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited for interview  
  • The process will consist of an individual interview with a member of the lecturing team. You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications and an academic reference to interview. During the interview, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the course and the college.

Interviews for this course take place from late April. 

Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview performance, qualifications and/or relevant work experience. One of three selection outcomes will be made for you and will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview.

The selection outcomes are ‘unconditional offer’; ‘conditional offer’, or ‘unsuccessful’.  Any conditions to your offer will be clearly outlined in this email.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information relating to student funding in June with joining instructions and induction information in mid-July.

You must accept your offer as soon as possible in order to secure your place.

If you are made a conditional offer, you must provide the required evidence (qualifications, references or other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place.

This course involves a placement element which requires that you if successful are entered into the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Both the placement and the PVG check will be organised (and PVG costs met) by the college. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience. If you have offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check, you should discuss this with staff at interview.

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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3776