PDA Web Development

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Introduction to the Award

This Professional Development Award (PDA) is one of a suite of awards that have been designed to incorporate the knowledge and understanding required by popular vendor awards into SQA’s Higher National frameworks. It has become increasingly clear that the content of vendor awards needed to be offered in a flexible format with generic Units. The Units which now make up this Professional Development Award in Web Development at SCQF level 7 include vendor-related topics, but are generic in nature. The Units are already in the HNC Digital Design & Web Development, and HND Web Development and Digital Design and Development framework. Including this Professional Development Award into the HN frameworks allows a candidate to work towards a Higher National qualification via short courses or part-time study.

SQA Framework:

The PDA Web Development also offers a number of shorter curricula which are related to SQA HN Units. These are also assessed by means of restricted response questions and practical labs and so can give credit transfer to complete units. Total of 32 SCQF credits can be earned upon passing the relevant SQA exams.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the award candidates will be able to:

☑ Describe basic website development fundamentals

☑ Describe basic website development fundamentals

☑ Plan and design a website

☑ Develop the layout and content of a website using a markup language

☑ Apply visual consistency to a website using stylesheets

☑ Publish a valid, accessible website

☑ Describe current web development technologies

☑ Design a complex web solution for a given brief

☑ implement and code a complex web solution for a given brief

☑ Add rich media and interactive content to the complex web solution

☑ Test and deploy a complex web solution


☑ Good to have some prior basic programming experience at level 6, or relevant experience.

☑ It would be advisable for all candidates to have some prior knowledge of computing or information technology although formal qualifications may not be necessary if suitable experience had been gained informally or through work experience.

Vendors Neutral:

It would be attractive to a candidate who is looking for employment at an entry level position as a web developer. It would also be suitable for those wanting to prepare for advancement in their organisation.

Candidates will acquire 32 SCQF credit which can be used to get exemptions towards HNC Digital Design & Web Development, HND Web Development and Digital Design and Development or any other course which has a combination of both existing units in this PDA qualification.

Target Audiences:

This award covers the knowledge and understanding associated with the Adobe qualification and will be attractive to candidates who are looking for employment at an entry-level position or higher. It would also be suitable for those wishing to prepare for career advancement in their organisation.

The IT training classes which we are currently offering are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

☑ School leavers

☑ Adult returnees to education

☑ Individuals who intend to leave school and further their career path in a college or equivalent

☑ Individuals who are in employment and wish to enhance their career prospects

☑ Individuals who wish to start a new career in IT

☑ Individuals who wants to get promotion at work

☑ Individuals who wants to upgrade in their IT skills

☑ Individuals who intend to progress their career after the study of either the NQ in Computing, the NQ in Information Systems

☑ Individuals who intend to progress their career after the study of the PDA into further study at HN level

☑ Individuals who wish to study on a part-time (day or evening) or day-release mode

Modes of Learning: (for further details, please read the attached document)

You have the option of undertaking this course via following learning modes:

1.) Face to Face (Classroom based Learning): You will attend the class each week on its specified day and time at your designated centre (Edinburgh or Glasgow)

2.) Virtual Learning: Live traditional face to face class will broadcast remotely via our online settings through Microsoft Team

3.) Blended Learning: Mixture of Face to face and Virtual learning (must inform when joining the course).

4.) ELearning is available for this course.

Career Opportunities/ Job Roles:

Upon completion of module, passing of the Adobe exams and the attainment of the Adobe certification. The student will be able to advance in their career if their present jobs or be able to pursue roles in jobs such as:

Some of the most common job roles for those that hold an Adobe qualification are:

☑ Creative Production Assistant

☑ Data Technician

☑ Graphic Administrator

☑ Typesetter

☑ Data Technician

☑ Graphic Designer

☑ Junior Web Designer

☑ Junior/Senior Web Developer

☑ Front End Developer

☑ Junior Digital Designer

☑ Promotions Developer

Funding Available:

Course Funding: SAAS PTFG: Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland

This course is funded by SAAS part time funding which is available to eligible individuals only;
SAAS General funding eligibility requirement:

1. You have to be a resident of Scotland
2. Either employed or unemployed, if working then earning must be less/equals to 25k a year.
3. Have not used the SAAS funding in this Academic Year.

Other criteria:

☑ Students do not need to pay it back as this is a grant not a loan.

☑ This funding is different from the full time funding which can be applied by someone who previously granted for a degree, postgrad or any other full time studies (HNC/HND) etc. but not in a same session

☑ Part time funding cannot be received on a same session if one is already receiving any part/full time funding for other courses.

☑ Part Time funding can only be used for one course per academic year

☑ SAAS part time funding academic year starts from Aug to July.

For more information please visit the below link 


To check your eligibility:

Please follow the below link to check if you qualify for the course funding;


Self Funding

If you do not qualify for SAAS part-time funding, you have the option to self-fund the course.

Fees are payable in advance at the start of the course unless otherwise agreed.

We also provide flexible fee installments to help students in paying their fees.

There are a number of other funding opportunities available to UK and EU students to help them to pay for their studies. Contact the college for more details.

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