PDA in Fertility Support: an Introduction at SCQF level 7

PDA in Fertility Support: an Introduction at SCQF level 7

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards.

The PDA in Fertility Support: an Introduction at SCQF level 7 covers the underpinning skills and knowledge required to use a range of media (traditional/telephony/electronic media) to appropriately support clients affected by pregnancy loss and bereavement.

This qualification may be available through colleges, charitable organisations, training providers and some employers. 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.

Why deliver this qualification

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards.

The PDA in Fertility Support: an Introduction at SCQF level 7 covers the underpinning skills and knowledge required to use a range of media (traditional/telephony/electronic media) to appropriately support clients affected by pregnancy loss and bereavement.

This qualification may be available through colleges, charitable organisations, training providers and some employers. 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.

Who does this qualification suit

The target audience is those who already work in the advice and guidance sector or who are seeking employment or a volunteering opportunity and require this specific skill set.

This Award is suitable for a range of learners:

  • Those with little or no experience in advice and guidance in any capacity, eg volunteer advisors
  • Those with some experience in advice and guidance but no experience or limited experience in the miscarriage support field, eg counsellors, nurses and midwives, tutors and teachers, volunteer advisors from other areas (such as Samaritans or the Citizens Advice Bureau)
  • Those with some experience in the miscarriage support, advice and guidance field who wish to gain a national qualification, perhaps for the purposes of continued personal development, eg experienced volunteer advisors and counsellors

Access

Entry to this qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Learners would be expected at a minimum to have communication skills at SCQF level 5 or equivalent. 

It would be beneficial if the learner has some previous experience of providing advice and guidance, eg in a voluntary advisor role, however this Unit is designed to provide underpinning knowledge and skills so this is not mandatory. 

Basic competency in the use of information and communication technology would be advisable, eg the Core Skill in Information and Communication Technology at SCQF level 4.

In terms of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG), previously known as the disclosure process, organisations offering advice, guidance and support should have a ‘protection procedures policy’ in place.  The employee/volunteer may be asked to sign a policy statement. Also, they may be asked at the time of making application, as part of the recruitment and selection process, to disclose background information, offer a history of any offences, spent or outstanding, and agree to a check being made should that be required. 

Progression

The content of the PDA has been aligned with the National Occupational Standards for Advice and Guidance.

Learners who successfully complete the PDA in Fertility Support: an Introduction at SCQF level 7 will progress to become more confident and competent in their current workplace or volunteering role.

Learners have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs, eg the Professional Development Award in Advanced Fertility Support at SCQF level 8.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should 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 Guide to Approval.

 

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

It is recommended that Outcome 1 is assessed by means of an investigation and that Outcomes 2 and 3 are assessed together by means of a portfolio of learner evidence gathered from practice.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GK5C 47 (16 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Fertility Support: an Introduction at SCQF level 7 consists of one mandatory Unit.

For further information on the Unit and structure of this qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification document.

 

 

 

Group Award Specification

  • PDA in Fertility Support: an Introduction at SCQF level 7 GK5C 47 (306 KB)