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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

2nd Sep 2019, 38 weeks


External Site


£ 800


The Teaching Practice in Vocational Education course provides you with the Professional Development Award (PDA) Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges. The course is ideal if you are currently employed in a teaching role in professional, technical, vocational or further education, or equivalent.  This is a hybrid course, with distance learning theory and face to face teaching observations.

Further details of the topics covered are provided in the section "what you study" below.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Entry requirements 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 an online, 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 are 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).

On the course, you'll 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 their studies online.

You can start the course at flexible, mutually agreed dates throughout the year. It takes a maximum of one academic year to complete the course (August- June).

This method is made up of four components:

  • Approximately 230 hours of self-study, using our Virtual Learning Environment. A breakdown of course hours and assessment schedule are provided.
  • Assessments prepared and submitted throughout the course.
  • Two observations of teaching are carried out in person by your tutor, if within a 50-mile radius of City of Glasgow College. If observations are carried out, outside this area, an additional fee will be charged to cover these costs. Observations can also be carried out remotely via video.
  • There is a course induction and one support meeting per module. These are optional but strongly recommended, to ensure your course success. You can choose to attend face-to-face or remotely online.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous through written assessments and two observed teaching sessions.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    2nd Sep 2019, 38 weeks
  • Location:
    External Site
  • Cost:
    £ 800