Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges (PDA)

City of Glasgow College


City Campus


The Professional Development Award (PDA) Teaching Practice in Scotland’s Colleges will provide you with excellent continuing development (CPD) opportunities. The course is ideal for you if you are currently employed in a teaching role in further education, or equivalent. Further details of the topics covered are provided in the section "what you study" below.

You will be assessed continuously throughout this course with the assessments taking the form of observation of your teaching, lesson planning and reflective assignments. There is no final examination.

You will be required to attend college for 2 hours per week for 20 weeks, as well as being observed twice in your own teaching situation.

Wednesday - 9.00am - 11.00am

Entry Requirements

You would normally be expected to have the following:
Communication skills at SCQF level 6; Numeracy skills at SCQF level 4; IT skills at level 5

In addition, you must be teaching a minimum class contact time of 20 hours over the time of course (ideally 40 hours) and be delivering assessed qualifications to adult learners. You need to make your own arrangements for your teaching class contact time. This will not be arranged by the college.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

26 weeks


Faculty of Creative Industries

SCQF Level




Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other