Course Information & Application

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We are delighted to confirm arrangements for Cohort 22 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 Cath Montgomery 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:   Monday 3rd April 2023                    
  • Information session:   Monday 5th June 9am to 1pm
  • Closing date for applications:  Monday 26th June 2023      
  • Applicants informed of decision:  Week ending 14th July   

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 have one week to provide supplementary work following selection and will receive a final decision on the application week ending 28th July 2023. 

Cohort 22 Taught Dates

  • Information session - Monday 5th June 9am to 1pm
  • Induction - Thursday 3rd August 9am to 1pm
  • Taught Day 1 - Wednesday 23rd August - all day
  • Taught Day 2 - Thursday 24th August - all day 
  • Taught Day 3 - Wednesday 4th October - all day
  • Taught Day 4 - Thursday 5th October - all day 
  • Taught Day 5 - Wednesday 1st November - all day 
  • Taught Day 6 - Thursday 2nd November - all day
  • Taught Day 7 - 7th February 2024 - all day
  • Taught Day 8 - Thursday 11th April 2024 - all day

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.  


  • Course Fees:           £650.00
  • SQA Fees:               £104.00