PDA in Youth Work - National Course 2022

PDA in Youth Work - National Course 2022

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PDA in Youth Work - National Course 2022

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Registering your interest

This course is by application only. By registering here you are only registering your interest. It does not mean you are automatically registered on the course.

Once you have registered your interest here, Youth Scotland will then send out a copy of the flyer and an application form.

The flyer will provide further information about entry requirements, descriptors for each unit and course structure, the timetable, assessment, support and certification.

There is a maximum of 20 spaces available on this course.

There will be a selection process and all applicants will be notified by 24 May.

The flyer and application form can also be found on our website.

What is the Professional Development Award in Youth Work?

The PDA in Youth Work has been designed for those working with young people in a Community Youth Work context. It is suitable for people who have experience of youth work in a paid or volunteering capacity but who might not have formal qualifications in youth work.

The PDA in Youth Work offers a nationally recognised, SQA accredited qualification at SCQF Level 6.

Participants will be required to complete all three units attending six delivery sessions and also undertake a practical placement within their workplace or the youth club/group where they volunteer. Participants will be asked to undertake assessments for each unit.

As part of their practical placement, they will be expected to deliver youth work sessions and support young people to gain a Youth Scotland award. Training and funding for the young people’s awards will be provided.

In order to complete the PDA, participants will be observed delivering youth work in their workplace or the group/club where they volunteer.

This course is being offered FREE to Youth Scotland Members with support from STV Funding and is fully funded. For non-members, they can access this course for £300. The market value of this course is over £500.


All applicants/participants must be 18 + * and be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have 1 year experience of regularly working/volunteering in a youth work setting.
  • Have completed the Youth Scotland Ready for Youth Work 2-day course (or online 5 sessions) or equivalent covering core competencies as per the National Youth Work Induction Checklist.
  • Have completed a Child Protection Awareness course in the past 2 years.
  • Currently work or volunteer in a youth work setting.
  • Have written permission from their workplace or the youth group where they volunteer, confirming they can be observed delivering youth work as part of the PDA course.
  • Are able to attend all the outlined training sessions and undertake all the required assessments.

*Young leaders aged 16+ – 18 who are suitably experienced may also be considered


This course will be delivered by Youth Scotland using course materials developed by Youth Scotland and LAYC.

The course will involve six main delivery sessions designed to build knowledge and skills in working with young people. Participants are required to take part in all six in person sessions of the programme. Participants will also be required to undertake additional research and learning activities in their own time and to compile a learning log/ portfolio to evidence their work.

The PDA in Youth Work is divided into three units of work.

  • Understanding and Exploring Youth Work
  • Engaging Young People
  • Delivering Youth Work

Course Timetable

Unit 1 Day 1 Tuesday 14th June 2022 10am – 4.30pm (in person)

Day 2 Tuesday 21st June 2022 10am – 4.30pm (in person)

Unit 2 Day 1 Tuesday 6th September 10am – 4.30pm (in person)

Day 2 Tuesday 13th September 10am – 4.30pm (in person)

Unit 3 Day 1 Tuesday 25th October 10am – 4.30pm (in person)

Day 2 Tuesday 29th November 10am – 4.30pm (in person)

Observed Practice 26th October-25th November – Dates to agree with organisation and young people.

Assessment Due Dates (assessments have to be handed in by):

• Unit 1: Tuesday 23rd August 2022

• Unit 2: Tuesday 11th October 2022

• Unit 3: Tuesday 10th January 2023

A detailed programme for each of the sessions will be given to candidates at the start of each unit.

For further information about the PDA in Youth Work course contact:

  • Julie Middlemiss, Senior Development Worker
  • (Youth Work and Training) Youth Scotland
  • Tel: 07788298521
  • julie.middlemissbrown@youthscotland.org.uk

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