PDA in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace

PDA in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace at SCQF level 7 is designed to support the continuous professional development of adult literacies practitioners who develop and deliver adult literacies learning in the workplace.

The skills and knowledge candidates learn include: understanding how principles and practice can be applied within particular environments; establishing and maintaining effective communication and working relationships with a range of stakeholders; making decisions and using initiative; learning programme design and evaluation; and developing marketing and promotional strategies.

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes is designed to meet the needs of people who wish to develop the specific knowledge, skills and understanding for a role that includes engaging employers and employees in adult literacies.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes is designed to support the continuous professional development of adult literacies practitioners by extending their skills, knowledge and understanding of the principles, process and practice of developing and delivering literacies learning in a workplace context. It is also relevant to staff in private and public sector organisations whose main remit is staff development and training.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. Candidates should have a sound knowledge of adult literacies learning, have been assessed on the delivery of literacies learning, and have at least one year’s experience in literacies learning development and/or delivery, in either a paid or voluntary capacity. Candidates should be working in an adult literacies context in either a paid or volunteering capacity.

This can be evidenced by the PDA: Introduction to Tutoring in Adult Literacies Learning (ITALL) or equivalent at SCQF level 6 or other relevant training in adult literacies.

Although not essential, it would be an advantage if candidates have the opportunity to secure an agreement to work with an employer for the purpose of applying the learning.

Progression

Candidates could progress as adult literacies practitioners into Literacies In The Workplace, a specialist field within adult literacies.

There is potential transferability to qualifications in the area of learning and development as well as providing CPD within a workplace setting.

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 reports, and written response questioning. The exemplar assessment material will contextualise each assessment and exemplify the standard for successful completion.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

PDA Developing Literacies Learning Programme for the Workplace

Group Award code: G8VV 47 (16 SCQF credit points) 
SCQF level: 7

The PDA in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace consists of three mandatory Units.

Mandatory Units

  • Developing Literacies Learning for the Workplace: Policy and Practice
    - F2H8 34
  • Developing Literacies Learning for the Workplace: Raising Awareness
    - F2H9 34
  • Developing Literacies Learning for the Workplace: Planning for the Delivery
    of Learning Programmes - F2H1 34

Group Award Specification

This Group Award finishes 31/07/2016.

Centres should note that when a Group Award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • the Group Award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • the Group Award Arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed form SQA website and archived
  • no new centres may be approved to offer the Group Award
  • centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the Group Award during the defined lapsing period of 3 years. 
Title: PDA in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace at SCQF level 7
Code: G8VV 47
Date: September 2008
Download: PDA in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace at SCQF level 7 Arrangements Document (218 KB)

Promotional Leaflet

The Scottish Government has produced a training pack which can be used to support the delivery of non-accredited training or accredited programmes for the PDA: Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace. Further information on the Scottish Government website

If you'd like to request a hard copy of this pack, please email Jackie Borge at j.borge@ltscotland.org.uk

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.