PDA in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8

PDA in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8

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

The PDA in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 covers enhanced professional practice, leadership and team working, integrated working and collaborative practice, policy to practice, and pedagogical approaches.

This qualification is available through colleges, 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

The PDA in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 has developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the current sector.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

It can also be offered to people who are in training and who wish to gain employment in the sector.

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.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study (see Progression). 

Who does this qualification suit

Learners should be working in, or have access to a placement in the childhood practice sector. Due to the diversity of roles within the sector, learners may not be working directly with children but may be in a co-ordinating role.

This PDA will give learners the opportunity to use extensive work experience to advance their learning beyond that of the practitioner role.

Access

Entry to this qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • a practitioner qualification as required by the SSSC, for example, HNC Childhood Practice/ SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 7 or any previous practitioner award recognised by the SSSC

Progression

The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Social Services Children and Young people.

The units of this award form part of the mandatory section of the HND Childhood Practice GM93 48  

The PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 allows learners to achieve 80 SCQF level 8 credits towards the 120 SCQF level 8 credits necessary to progress to the PDA Childhood Practice Award at SCQF level 9.

The PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 may also be accepted by universities that offer the BA in Childhood Practice. The level of articulation is at the discretion of each university.

Approval

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

Centres without devolved authority require 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

The PDA may be delivered in a variety of different ways which will reflect the learning, employment and development needs of individual learners and employing organisations. The most common method of delivery will be to learners who are currently in full- or part-time employment and will be studying on a part-time basis.

Modes of delivery could include classroom learning, online learning, distance learning — or a combination of these.

It is recommended that assessments are integrated where the opportunity arises.

While each HN unit has very specific evidence requirements and assessment guidance, it is strongly recommended that where an overlap between units occurs an assessment from one unit should be considered to meet some or all of the evidence requirements from the other units to avoid the possibility of over-assessment.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Qualification Structure

This group award is achieved on the successful attainment of the five following mandatory units.

 

Unit Title

 

Code

Credit Value

SCQF Credits

SCQF Level

Childhood Practice: Enhanced Professional Practice

 

HT8J

2

16

8

Childhood Practice: Leadership and Team Working

HT8K

2

16

8

Childhood Practice: Integrated Working and Collaborative Practice

HT8L

2

16

8

Childhood Practice: Policy to Practice

HT8M

2

16

8

Childhood Practice: Pedagogical Approaches

HT8N

2

16

8

The qualification is at SCQF level 8 and reflects this competency level. It comprises 80 credits at SCQF level 8. The award is matched to the Revised Childhood Practice Standards and the National Occupational Standards. This award replaces the PDA Childhood Practice (G96H 48) which comprised 64 credits.

Group Award Specification

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.

Lapsing

Qualification Structure

This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

PDA in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 group award code: G96H 48

The finishing date for this qualification is 31/07/2019.

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 arrangements document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed from SQA’s 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 three years (HNC) and four years (HND).

Arrangements Documents

Group Award Specifications

Assessment Exemplars

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award codes:
G96H 48 (64 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 8)

Structure

Level 8

The PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 consists of five mandatory Units (48 SCQF credit points) and two optional Units (16 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory Units

Unit Title

Unit Code

SCQF Credit Points

Childhood Practice and Social Services: Developing Leadership (270 KB)

F56Y 35

16

Managing Quality in Early Education and Childcare Settings (270 KB)

DN1H 35

8

Developing Professional Childhood Practice (212 KB)

F56B 35

8

Integrated Working and Collaborative Practice (222 KB)

F56A 35

8

Childhood Practice: Graded Unit 2

F570 35

8