PDA Spa Therapies

(G7WT 16)

The PDA Diploma in Spa Therapies is a new qualification from SQA. It is designed both to complement the existing Higher National Beauty Therapy awards, and to allow therapists the chance to gain a qualification in the field of Spa Therapies.

It is made up of SQA Higher National Units.

The people for whom the PDA might be suitable include:

  • employed spa therapists
  • spa consultants
  • those qualified with HND Beauty Therapy, or with an SVQ/NVQ for Spa Therapists
  • complementary therapists
  • nurses, and others working more generally in the medical field

Potential students will need a sound background in anatomy and physiology, body massage, or sport related activities. However, entry to the course will be at the discretion of the college or other centre offering the course.

This qualification can also be used as part of a Continual Professional Development (CPD) programme. Each of its eight Units can be taken in a stand-alone mode. This means that people working in other parts of the industry can glean skills from the award and gain recognition from what they have learned.

About the PDA

This PDA has been developed in response to demand from the industry, as there were previously no formal qualifications in spa therapy at this level. The spa industry has grown rapidly, with many hotels, for instance, installing a leisure facility where spa is offered as an additional specialist service.

The structure of the award covers the bulk of work undertaken in this vibrant market, allowing existing spa therapists to formalise their particular operational skills.

The PDA is designed to meet the needs of any spa employer, regardless of where they run their business, to help them recognise the standards have been attained by employees or potential employees across the sector.

The Units

There are eight HN Units making up this qualification: