Childhood Practice PDA Level 9
Campus Sighthill Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 9
Study mode Evening
Duration 52 weeks
Course enquiry form
Please note our 2023/24 intake is now full.
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The PDA Level 9 Childhood Practice is a qualification designed for lead practitioners and managers of childcare and playwork settings. This qualification is equivalent to a university degree and is accepted by the SSSC for registration as lead practitioner/manager.
The course focuses on management and leadership in the childhood practice sector and covers a range of relevant topics from a management perspective. Students are encouraged to take part in research and to research and review contemporary theories.
For those with qualifications in social work, community education, and nursing we can offer the 60 credits of management and leadership required by the SSSC.
The course begins with a short mandatory introductory block in academic writing, to ensure students are prepared for academic study and assessments at this level. This runs from October to December 2024, with the PDA Level 9 units beginning in January 2025.
You may be able to access funding for course fees from your local authority workforce development fund or receive a proportion from the SAAS part-time fee grant. Course fees are payable at the start of each year (2-year course).
What you will learn
- The course is based on the Standard for Childhood Practice (SSSC).
- There is a focus on management and leadership from the start, and this underpins all units.
- Students study a unit based on their own area of specialism - we currently offer options in early learning, pre-birth to three, and playwork.
- Other units cover topics such as children's rights, inclusion, diversity, comparative play theories, and collaborative working with colleagues and other professionals.
- The course includes a research project into an area of interest to identify potential areas for change and development.
- The final unit offers students the opportunity to develop an organisational operational plan based on the knowledge they have gained during the course.
- Applicants should be working in a senior or lead practitioner role in a childhood practice setting.
- A five-day placement in a different setting is required when you will shadow the manager to observe practice.
How the course is assessed
- The course will take place over two academic years and will include a range of different learning opportunities and tutorial sessions including online learning, research, and discussion groups; all with full support from our experienced staff.
Number of days per week
- One evening per week - Thursday 6.30-8.30pm
- A blended learning approach with one evening per month on campus (Sighthill) and the other classes as live online MS Teams sessions.
- Applicants who live too far from Edinburgh to attend the on campus sessions can attend these classes on Teams.
- 2 year course
- You must have 240 credits at SCQF levels 7 and 8 in relevant subjects to gain entry to this course. This should include an award accepted by the SSSC to register as a practitioner (eg HNC or SVQ 3). Contact us for advice on this, we have a range of options for gaining additional credits if required.
Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements
- You must complete an application pack which is available from email@example.com
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS 6.5
Progression and Articulation Routes
- Postgraduate study in a related field
- Register with the SSSC at a lead practitioner/manager level
Funding & Fees
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