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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

PDA Approaches to trauma informed practice

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Evening

Duration 42 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

This course will introduce learners to trauma, exploring current definitions and concepts, and contributing factors that may be experienced by those affected by trauma. This course is designed for practitioners currently working with children and/or young people and the focus will be childhood practice settings.

The main aim of this PDA is to provide a qualification that enables learners to gain knowledge and understanding of trauma and its possible causes. It also explores the impact of trauma on the individual and the importance of being an informed practitioner in supporting individuals affected by trauma.

The qualification also aims to enable the learner to achieve an understanding not only of therapeutic approaches but also of organisational approaches to trauma.

What you will learn

  • This qualification will investigate the factors leading to childhood trauma and the impact that this may have on development and the ability to build and sustain relationships.
  • It will explore therapeutic approaches and interventions for individuals affected by trauma and the importance of self-care and personal responsibility for those not only affected by trauma but for the care providers too.
  • The qualification also looks at organisational approaches to trauma and the underpinning values and principles required for organisations to implement trauma-informed practices and to support those who have experienced significant trauma.

Placement information

  • Applicants will already be working in a setting with children and/or young people.

How the course is assessed

The course has four units and each unit has different types of assessment, including - 

  • Essay
  • Case study
  • Presentation
  • Report

Number of days per week

  • One evening per week (Wednesday), 6.30-8.30 pm during term time only.

Entry requirements

  • A qualification at SCQF 6.
  • Experience working with children and/or young people.
  • Current job role in a setting with children/young people.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

Please ensure your personal statement is detailed, we will also invite you to a group or individual meeting before allocating places.

Writing a personal statement

Your personal statement is an important part of your application and it can help us to decide if you are suitable for the course.

To make sure that you are giving us all the information we need to consider your application fully, please include the following:

Your reasons for applying for this course. Why does it interest you? Why are you suitable for this course?
Details of any relevant qualifications that you have to meet the course entry requirements
Details of any work experience (paid or voluntary) that is relevant to the course
Your future career plans – how will this course help you to reach your goals?

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

Possible progression routes include - 

  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice
  • SVQ 3 or 4 Social Services Children and Young People

Career options

  • Community learning and development
  • Early learning and childcare
  • Health and social care 
  • Social services

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Evening 26/08/24 42 Weeks

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