Health and Social Care Promoting Enhanced Professional Practice (PDA)

Glasgow Clyde College


PDA Health and Social Care: Promoting Enhanced Professional Practice is a distance learning course designed for current care workers who aspire to work in, or who already work in, assistant practitioner and para-professional roles across health and social care areas. It covers robust and measurable training to provide safe effective service delivery and enable you to cope with the developing demands and inherent risk of your role.

The PDA is at SCQF level 8 in order to take account of the critical evaluative, analytical and reflective abilities required to support service delivery. You will gain knowledge of key theory in leadership, clinical decision making, team working, supervision, research/audit skills to support practice at an advanced support worker level.

This Group Award is made up of four SQA Unit credits. It comprises 32 SCQF credit points of which eight are at level 7 and 24 are at level 8.

Principles of professional practice; Team working in care settings; Leadership and decision making; Quality improvement: audit in a health or social care setting.

Entry Requirements

Previous SCQF Level 7 award such as relevant HNC e.g. HNC Care and Administrative Practice, or other relevant previous qualification above SCQF level 7 or equivalent.

You should be working at or working towards the role of an advanced support worker within health or social care.

Start Date

Various start dates



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

1 year


Social Care and Counselling

SCQF Level




Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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