Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods PDA

Course code 94X1

What is special about this course?

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).

Special features

  • The PDA in Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods is one of the qualifications required by workplace assessors who assess SVQs, other workplace qualifications or in-company standards.

Entry requirements

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

Access routes

  • Relevant care experience and access to candidates undertaking their SVQ awards

Year 1 - PDA

This award provides you with the skill set and qualifications to assess, within their own subject area, so your candidates may gain certification of competence.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course is work-based and therefore will have limited changes to the delivery for 2021-22. You will work with your assessor to develop your e-portfolio. You will also have a face to face or online induction at the start of the course. The required work-based observations by your assessor will be conducted when it is possible and safe to do so, following Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, most likely towards the end of the course. It will be possible to extend the length of the course to accommodate this element. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured): work-based
  • The PDA is work-based. You will be assessed in the workplace

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 6 months

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available
  • For information on variable start dates please contact the college where you wish to study


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


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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

Can I progress into further study?

Students may wish to progress to the PDA in Internal Verification of Workplace Assessment.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.