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Teaching Practice in Vocational Education (PDA Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges) PDA

(SCQF level 9)

Teacher and Training Development, Centre for Professional Technical Education

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Mode of Study


Start Date

13th Aug 2018, 40 weeks

13th Aug 2018, 40 weeks


External Site


£ 900


Distance Learning Only

The Teaching Practice in Vocational Education course provides successful candidates with the Professional Development Award (PDA) Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges. The course is ideal for you if you are currently employed in a teaching role in professional, technical, vocational or further education, or equivalent.  This is a distance learning course, with distance learning theory and videoed teaching observations. Further details of the topics covered are provided in the section "what you study" below.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Entrance qualifications are given below, but please note that relevant work experience will be taken into consideration. 

You must be teaching groups of at least 6 adult learners in professional, technical, vocational or further education, or equivalent.  You need to make your own arrangements for your teaching and have this in place before signing up for this course.  This will not be arranged by the tutor team. You must be teaching courses which lead to qualifications awarded by external bodies e.g. SQA, City and Guilds, or the national awarding body in your country.

In addition, you are expected to have the equivalent of the following:

  • Communication skills at SCQF level 6.
  • Numeracy skills at SCQF level 4.
  • IT skills at level 5.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll have a Skype, phone or face to face interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • You must be teaching a minimum class contact time of 2 hours per week throughout the course and be delivering assessed qualifications to classes of at least 6 adult learners.
  • You need to make your own arrangements for your teaching class contact time. This will not be arranged by the tutor team.

What you study

On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Group Award comprising of two Scottish Qualifications Authority Higher National (SCQF Level 9) units based on the professional standards for educators in Further Education Colleges.

The units are:

  • Plan and Prepare the Learning Experience (H416 36).
  • Learning and Teaching (H417 36).

In the course, you create:

  • A profile for a group of at least 6 learners.
  • An inclusive learning, teaching and assessment plan for a minimum of 20 hours of learning.
  • 4 detailed and consecutive lesson plans.
  • A 750-word evaluative report justifying and evaluating your selection of learning and teaching activities, assessment instruments and resources.
  • A 500-word commentary of how the learners were provided with feedback on assessment.
  • A 500-word commentary on the two observed teaching sessions.

In addition, you will be observed teaching groups of at least 6 students, by a tutor in your own teaching situation. 


How the course is taught

This distance learning method is available for students who wish to complete the majority of their studies online.

Students start the course at flexible, mutually agreed dates throughout the year.  Students take a maximum of one year to complete the course.

 This method is made up of 3 components:

  1. Approximately 112 hours of self-study, using our Virtual Learning Environment, MyCity.  A breakdown of course hours is provided and a suggested schedule should be discussed with your course tutor.  Learners will have 12 months to complete the course via this method.
  2. Assessments prepared and submitted throughout the course.
  3. Two observations of teaching carried out via video submission.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous through written assessments and two videoed observed lessons. ​

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    13th Aug 2018, 40 weeks
  • Location:
    External Site
  • Cost:
    £ 900