PDA Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings

PDA Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings at SCQF level 7 is designed to develop the competences required by individuals to provide effective and appropriate support to help adults with dyslexia, or showing dyslexic traits, in order that they may reach their full potential in learning and employment.

This qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings is designed to give candidates the knowledge, understanding and practical experience necessary to support adults with dyslexia in learning and workplace settings.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings is designed to support the development of those working in support of adults with dyslexia. The PDA does not qualify candidates to diagnose dyslexia and candidates applying should be made aware of the boundaries of their responsibility.

The PDA is for those working in the public, private and voluntary sectors, both paid staff and volunteers, covering the following contexts:

  • informal and formal education
  • recruitment and human resources
  • health or social care settings
  • prisons
  • probationary and ex-offender services

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre however candidates will require to demonstrate competence in Communication skills. This may be evidenced by a qualification at SCQF level 5 or above or by workplace experience and/or competence in communicating in an educational or support for learning setting.

They should be working in either a paid or voluntary capacity in a tutoring or supporting role with individuals in a learning or workplace setting.

Progression

This PDA has no direct articulation to other qualifications but could provide evidence and support acceptance to a range of qualifications, such as SVQs and HNDs.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

The assessment methods used include practical exercises, short tests, oral presentations, reports, case studies, observed performance and self reflection.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: G8LK 47 (16 SCQF credit points) 
SCQF level: 7

The PDA in Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings consists of 2 mandatory Units.

Mandatory Units

Dyslexia: Understanding and Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia — F16Y 34
Dyslexia: Working with Individuals with Dyslexia — F171 34

Group Award Specification

Title: PDA in Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings at SCQF level 7
Code: G8LK 47
Date: Version 03 (October 2012)
Download: PDA in Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia in Learning and Workplace Settings at SCQF level 7 Arrangements Document (311 KB)

Other

For candidates where English is not their first language it is recommended that they possess English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) level 5 or a score of 5.5 in IELTS.