Workplace Assessment using Direct and Indirect Methods (PDA)

Lews Castle College UHI


Lews Castle College Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


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).

Entry Requirements

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

Progression Routes

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

Start Date

September, January



Study Method

Part time (work based)

Course Length

6 months


Business, Leisure and Tourism

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

Administration and Management General


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