PDA Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

The Professional Development (PDA) award in Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees is aimed at people who are directly involved in working with asylum seekers and refugees.

This award offers those working with asylum seekers or refugees the opportunity to improve on their professional practice, to evidence continuing professional development and to engage in reflective practice.

There are various Higher National Qualifications and SVQs in related areas which could provide progression opportunities for successful candidates.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees offers a range of benefits:

  • a formal qualification
  • develops candidates skills and experience
  • improves the quality of support, advice and guidance
  • provides an understanding of national and international legislation

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees is aimed at:

  • service providers
  • case workers
  • managers
  • frontline staff and others who work directly with asylum seekers and refugees.


 

Progression

There are various Higher National Qualifications and SVQs in related areas which could provide progression opportunities for successful candidates, including:

  • HNC Working with Communities
  • PDA Managing Volunteering
  • SVQS in Community Development Work at levels 2, 3 and 4

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process. Centres without devolved approval status should complete and submit a Qualifications Approval Application Form (formerly called SA1) to request approval to deliver the Group Awards.

Centres who wish to become a SQA Approved Centre should contact the Business Development Team for guidance on completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence

How to assess

It is expected that candidates will be in employment working with asylum seekers and refugees or volunteering with these groups and be able to draw evidence from their practice, including:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • observation of candidates
  • reflective accounts
  • structured questions

In some Units it is written into the specification that the Unit can be assessed holistically thus reducing the assessment load. At all times, integration of assessment within Units and across Units is encouraged.

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