Workplace Assessment Using Direct & Indirect Methods PDA

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What is special about this course?

The PDA in Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods will develop your knowledge and skills in preparing for, planning and carrying out assessment of individuals in the workplace.

You will use  direct methods such as observation, examination of work products (both created and not created at the time of observation) and questioning. You may also be involved in authenticating indirect evidence such as discussion with candidates, testimony of others (witnesses), examination of candidate statements, assessment of candidates in simulated environments, recognition of prior learning (RPL), otherwise known as the accreditation of prior achievement (APA).

Special features

  • The PDA in Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods is one of the qualifications required by workplace assessors who assess SVQs, other workplace qualifications or in-company standards.

Entry requirements

  • Students must be a workplace assessor, currently working with at least two VQ candidates.

Access routes

  • Relevant care experience and access to candidates undertaking their SVQ awards

Year 1 - PDA

This award provides you with the skill set and qualifications to assess, within their own subject area, so your candidates may gain certification of competence.

How will I study my course?

Part Time (structured): work-based

  • The PDA is work-based. You will be assessed in the workplace.

How long will my course last?

  • Part Time (structured): 12 months

Start date

  • Variable
  • For information on start dates please contact the college at which you wish to study.

How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This PDA will be studied as part of ongoing staff training to allow you to support staff studying on VQ programmes.

Can I progress into further study?

Students may wish to progress to the PDA in Internal Verification of Workplace Assessment.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Workplace Assessment Using Direct & Indirect Methods PDA

This course has variable start dates. For information on the next enrolment date please contact the campus you wish to study with.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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