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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.

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.

Deliver this qualification

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.

Resources

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).

Where can you take this course?

Why study this qualification

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

Employment and 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.

Student resources

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).