PDA in Youth Work

An exciting, accredited course for youth workers/volunteers/leaders offered by Youth Scotland The PDA in Youth Work offers youth workers and volunteers the chance to undertake a nationally recognised SQA qualification in youth work

The PDA in Youth Work has been designed for those working with young people in a Community Learning and Development 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 and also to undertake a practical placement within their workplace or the youth club/group where they volunteer.

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.

New PDA dates will be announced.

Below you will find downloadable flyers with more information about entry requirements, course descriptors, assessment, certification and application deadlines. 

The relevant application forms can also be found at the bottom of this page. 

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