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PDA in Youth Work

PDA in Youth Work

What is it about?
For those who are starting out in Youth Work or wanting to hone their skills, the Professional Development Award in Youth Work provides a foundation in working with young people. The programme assists students to understand and explore youth work, engage with young people and to deliver youth work sessions.


Why study this programme?
The PDA in Youth Work covers the knowledge and skills that are needed to identify the needs of young people, deliver appropriate youth work sessions, and to understand the broader field of youth work.

  • Builds theological understanding. The programme draws on examples from church-based youth work and connects with Christian theology and belief
  • Varied learning methods – normally available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study


Features of the course

  • useful for those who are wanting to serve in churches, Christian organisations or the wider community
  • delivered through small group work, study skills support and individual tutorials
  • Teaching staff actively engaged in youth and community practice, research and development nationally and internationally
  • Positive commitment to equality and the development of good practice in diverse contexts


Placement options
Students carry out a placement in their own church or an organisation in their local community such as a youth centre or community centre. For those students who are not already involved somewhere, we will support you to find somewhere suitable.


Academic Validation and Professional Recognition accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority at SCQF level 6 (equivalent to Advanced Highers).

Next point of Entry: September 2018
Length 6 months part-time (delivered variably, for example, evenings or Saturdays)
Location Various across Scotland

Fees In brief, student fees for 2018/19 are as follows: Tuition fees of £900. We will provide a bursary of £300 towards these fees.