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Childhood Practice PDA Level 8

Campus Granton Campus
Midlothian Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Evening

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Campus Granton Campus Study mode Evening Start date 29/08/22 Duration 41 Weeks

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Course overview

PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice is an evening course designed for people already working in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors who are interested in progressing with their careers. The course has a strong focus on leadership and professional practice and aims to improve your knowledge, understanding and skills, and develop your confidence in taking on a senior role within a childhood practice setting.

This course is also suitable for people who need to gain credits to progress onto the PDA Level 9 Childhood Practice course. Please note you may need to complete additional credits at SCQF 7 depending on the qualification you have at this level, contact us for advice.

The course will give you a deep understanding of professional practice in the early learning and childcare sector and how legislation policy and frameworks should be used effectively to ensure children and young people are supported and valued. The course considers pedagogical perspectives within Scotland and internationally to identify contemporary theoretical approaches that can be put into practice within your setting.

The course runs over two academic years and fees will be payable at the start of each year.

Your personal statement should explain your interest in the course and include details of your current job role and qualifications to meet the entry requirements. Please upload evidence of your current practitioner qualification (SVQ 3 or HNC award).

What you will learn

  • Professional Practice
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Pedagogy
  • Developing Leadership
  • Quality Assurance
  • Collaborative Working
  • Supporting colleagues
  • Safeguarding responsibilities

Placement information

  • There is no formal work placement but you must be employed in the childhood practice sector during this course.

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed through a variety of methods including project work, essays, closed-book assessments and presentations.

Number of days per week

  • One evening per week (6.30 pm-8.30 pm) over two academic years 
  • Midlothian Campus - Tuesdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Granton Campus - Thursdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Sighthill Campus - Thursdays 6.30 pm-8.30 pm
  • In addition to attending classes, students will be required to study for approximately three to four hours per week.

Entry requirements

  • You must have an award accepted by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to register as a practitioner e.g. HNC Childhood Practice, SVQ 3 Social Science (Children and Young People) or SVQ 3 Playwork 
  • You should have a minimum of 6 months post-qualifying experience in a relevant job role in the childhood practice sector.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.0

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Further study at SCQF Level 9
  • PDA Level 9 Childhood Practice
  • BA Childhood Practice

Career options

  • Senior practitioner 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Evening 29/08/22 41 Weeks
Midlothian Campus Evening 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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