Course Information & Application

New Course Dates PDA in Practice Learning (PDAPL) SS:

New Handbook/Portfolio

 This course consists of eight taught days with half day extra Information Day.

All Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

All parts of the below application process should be completed:

Learning Network West is funded by 13 local authority partners in the West of Scotland to deliver the Practice Learning Qualification (PDAPL).  Though principally funded to deliver the PDAPL for our funding partners Learning Network West recognises the wealth of learning opportunities which other authorities and the third sector(non-partner agencies) contribute to practice learning and wish to continue to support the development of practice teachers within these organisations.  Nonetheless recent interest in the award has led to a pressure on places and the need to prioritise spaces for our funders. Consequently Learning Network West has taken the decision to reserve two spaces on each cohort for non-partner agencies thus ensuring continued opportunity for practitioners within these agencies to access the award.  Where Learning Network West receive more than two applications from non-funding agencies places will be allocated on a competitive basis,  i.e. the two strongest applications offered spaces. Other places may be offered as and when capacity allows.

Important information for sponsoring agencies – agencies are asked to confirm the following information at the point of application (detailed in the agency reference): 

  • Support for the applicant to undertake the award (in accordance with internal processes).
  • Agree an offer of placement for a social work student.
  • Identify (name) a suitable assessor at the point of application.
  • Agree appropriate workload relief and study time as detailed in the course handbook.
  • Agencies are responsible for providing or meeting the cost for an assessor. If interested please contact the course co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details/ requirements for undertaking the role of assessor.

Cohort 15

Applications invited: 3rd December 2019
Closing date for applications: Monday 27th January 2020
Applicants informed of decision: week ending 14th February 2020*

*Please note: As part of the selection process applicants may be requested to provide supplementary work. Where supplementary work is requested applicants will be offered a conditional place subject to the satisfactory submission of this work. Applicants will typically have two weeks to provide supplementary work following selection and will be notified on Friday 28th February 2020.

Induction: Tuesday 10th March 2020 10am – 1pm
Day 1 and 2: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March 2020
Day 3 and 4: Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 24th April 2020
Day 5 and 6: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th June 2020
Day 7: Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Day 8: Wednesday 9th December 2020

All dates 9.30am – 4pm unless stated

Please note that learners are expected to attend all taught days and should be in a position to comitt to advertised dates at the point of application. Learners are assessed during the programme and their participation on taught days contributes to this assessment. Learners will be expected to attend any missed days which may result in a delay to completing the award.

Cohort 14

Applications invited: Monday 18th March 2019
PDAPL information session for prospective applicants: Tuesday 11th June 2019: 10am – 12pm
Venue: 117 Brook Street, Glasgow, G40 8AP
Closing date for applications: Monday 1st July 2019
Applicants informed of decision: week ending 19th July 2019*

*Please note: As part of the selection process applicants may be requested to provide supplementary work. Where supplementary work is requested applicants will be offered a conditional place subject to the satisfactory submission of this work. Applicants will typically have two weeks to provide supplementary work following selection and will be notified on Friday 2nd August 2019.


Induction: Wednesday 14th August 2019 (10am – 1pm)

  • Day 1 and 2: Wednesday 28th and 29th August 2019 potentially again on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th August depending upon demand.
  • Day 3 and 4: Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October 2019 potentially again on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd October depending upon demand.
  • Day 5 and 6: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November 2019 cohorts combine for remainder of programme
  • Day 7: Wednesday 12th February 2020
  • Day 8: Wednesday 15th April 2020
  • All dates 9.30am – 4pm unless stated

Please note that learners are expected to attend all taught days and should be in a position to comitt to advertised dates at the point of application. Learners are assessed during the programme and their participation on taught days contributes to this assessment. Learners will be expected to attend any missed days which may result in a delay to completing the award. 

Updated Course Fees/Costs

Organisations within the partnership:

  • Course Fee: £350
  • SQA Fee: £104

Organisations outwith the partnership:

For cost enquiries outwith the partnership please contact us direct.