Course Information & Application

Downloads application pack fpr Cohort 21, please use these forms only and return directly to Anne Conlin at

We are delighted to confirm arrangements for Cohort 21 of the PDAPL and would like to invite applications (details below).

Important information for sponsoring agencies and applicants

Applicants and sponsoring agencies are advised that delivery of this cohort is dependent upon continued funding being agreed. We hope that a final decision on funding will be confirmed in early 2023. Regrettably whilst inviting applications we are unable to guarantee places until funding is confirmed. We will communicate with applicants and sponsoring agencies at the earliest opportunity.

Agencies are asked to confirm the following information at the point of application (to be detailed in the agency reference): 

  • Support for the applicant to undertake the award and attend all taught days
  • Agree to offer of a placement for a social work student commencing January/ February 2023
  • Identify a suitable assessor at the point of application (details must be included in the agency reference). Agencies are responsible for providing or meeting the costs for an assessor. If you would like more details about requirements for the assessors role please contact the Network manager Anne Conlin at for details.    
  • Agree appropriate workload relief and study time as detailed in the agency reference.
  • Ensure applicants have access to a laptop (or similar device) and permission to access a virtual classroom (virtual taught days are delivered using Microsoft Teams).   

Applications from Learning Network West partnership agencies will be prioritised, regrettably we are only able to consider applications from out with the partnership where capacity allows. 

Capacity for Cohort 21 may be limited. Where we receive more applications than can reasonably be accommodated we may need to ask some applicants to defer to Cohort 22 (AUTUMN 2023).

We hope to deliver Cohort 21 using a blended approach, with a mix of face to face and virtual teaching (details of which will be confirmed and communicated to successful applicants in advance of the course starting). Face to face teaching will be dependent on government advice and any social distancing measure at the time. All virtual teaching will be hosted on Microsoft Teams, applicants and sponsoring agencies are responsible for ensuring they have a suitable device and permission to access this platform.  

We plan for successful applicants commencing with cohort 21 to be matched with social work students starting placement in autumn 2023. Every effort will be made to match applicants with a student to these timescales, however as a result of the coronavirus pandemic changes may occur. Where a suitable placement can’t be identified an applicant may be matched with a student out with these timescales.

Application Information

NB. Please note that the application form has recently been amended and previous versions are no longer in use

  • Applications invited:                          From Monday 17th October 2022
  • Information session:                          TBC
  • Closing date for applications:          5pm Monday 23rd January 2023
  • Applicants informed of decision:     week ending 10th February 2023

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 receive a final decision on the application Friday 24th February 2022.

Cohort 21 Taught Dates

Induction:                  Wednesday 8th March 2023 10am – 1pm
• Day 1 and 2:             Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March 2023
• Day 3 and 4:            Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th April 2023
• Day 5 and 6:             Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June 2023
• Day 7:                       Wednesday 20th September 2023
• Day 8:                       Wednesday 6th December 2023

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 commit 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.