Youth Work PDA

What is special about this course?

This is a beginner’s course for full time or part time Youth Workers and volunteers. The course would suit candidates who may have little or no knowledge or experience of youth work, and also those working in the sector whom may have considerable experience of youth work in a paid or volunteering capacity but who have no formal qualifications in youth work. It is the first national introductory level Youth Work qualification in Scotland to be accredited and available to volunteers and paid staff and will form part of a framework of SQA qualifications for the sector.

“Youth work plays a key role in delivering the principles outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly Article 12, the right of the young person to voice their opinion, have their views listened to and be taken seriously. By engaging young people in social activism, youth work builds citizenship, respect for human rights and a sense of mutual responsibility.”

(Youth Link Scotland)

The award could also be utilised for the continuing professional development of staff and volunteers from other professions:

  • voluntary sector staff and carers, including foster carers
  • education staff — teaching staff, guidance staff, classroom assistants, family
  • support liaison workers, etc.
  • careers advisors
  • advice and guidance staff
  • emergency services staff
  • counsellors
  • social work staff — including through care and aftercare workers

    Entry requirements

    • Communications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent

    The award is comprised of three Higher National Units:

    • Understanding and Exploring Youth Work
    • Engaging with Young People
    • Delivering Youth Work

    How will I study my course?

    • Online

    Over the 6 month programme you will develop your knowledge and understanding of Youth Work and your practical skills.

    This programme is delivered online, you will complete the course through an online learning platform called Brightspace. Through the online platform you will be able to meet with other students, discuss and share experiences of working in a youth setting and receive course materials and support. 

    You will need to have a work placement or volunteer in your local youth club. This placement will be required for you to complete the work based assignments, reports, written assignments and practical assessments.

    How long will my course last?

    18 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • Inverness Campus

    Start date

    • January


    For information on costs for this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

    • Your local Youth Club
    • Youth Services Team
    • Volunteering with a Youth based organisation

    Is there more information available online?

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    Apply for Youth Work PDA

    Applications for this subject are currently closed.

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.