PDA in Facilitating Mindfulness Techniques with Young Adults

PDA in Facilitating Mindfulness Techniques with Young Adults

This PDA at SCQF level 8 is designed to develop the candidate-facilitators’ understanding and practice of mindfulness in order that they can communicate its core principles and techniques to teenagers and young adults within a group setting. 

The qualification will equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to:

  • explain the underlying concepts of mindfulness practice drawing from current research evidence and personal experience
  • guide a range of mindfulness practices such as mindfulness of body, mindfulness of feelings and mindfulness of thoughts
  • lead and facilitate post-practice inquiry suitable for a young adult group

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some employers.

Why deliver this qualification

Why deliver this qualification?

The PDA in Facilitating Mindfulness Techniques with Young Adults at SCQF level 8 has been developed in partnership with City of Glasgow College.

It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

The Unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units are typically 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Who does this qualification suit

The target audience is those who work with, or who expect in the foreseeable future to be working with, teenagers and young adults in an educational, support or pastoral setting, such as teachers, lecturers or trainers, social workers and community support workers.


The qualification offers a bridge between introductory mindfulness courses (such as mindfulness-based stress reduction) and the accreditation to teach courses offered at PgCert, PGDip and Masters level.


Centres interested in offering this qualification should come forward for approval and contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide (510 KB). The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).

How to assess

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

In order to fulfil the good practice requirements of an ethical mindfulness facilitator, the qualification will require that participating candidate-facilitators have completed, as a minimum, an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course or equivalent mindfulness training within their organisation. They must also be committed to sustained personal practice outside the course framework.

The Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment will allow candidate-facilitators to enhance their own practice. The use of self-reflective essay and performance assessment is crucial to this.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GJ93 48 (2 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Facilitating Mindfulness Techniques with Young Adults at SCQF level 8 consists of one mandatory Unit.


Group Award Specification

Group Award Specification PDA in Facilitating Mindfulness Techniques with Young Adults at SCQF level 8 (GJ93 48 (298 KB))