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Professional Development
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Professional Development

Course Details

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Standard Price PDA



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Course Information : Submission will be arranged with the Module leader for your EWBL module.






  • Assessment details for the Evidencing Work Based Learning (EWBL) element of the award can be found on the EWBL webpage.
  • Assessment of more formally taught modules and modules for the assessment of experiential learning will use a range of approaches, negotiated between the academic facilitator, learner and the workplace.
  • For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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Entry Requirements

In order to be eligible to study PDA, you should:

  • Have been employed in the last 18 months.
  • Be self-employed or engaged in voluntary activity and have been working to an appropriate level.

Learners will be considered for entry to pursue the most appropriate level of study based on qualifications and/or their personal, professional or educational experience following guidance provided in line with UWE Bristol's entry requirements and admissions policies.

Possession of knowledge and skills needed for admission to the University may be demonstrated by means other than via the usual entrance requirements.


The Professional Development Award (PDA) is a unique award - you set out the learning pathway, designing a bespoke academic qualification to suit your career and learning aspirations.

This award is flexible as you can:

  • start this award without importing credit, building credit module by module.
  • import previous UWE Bristol credit/external credit into the award to include marks which will count towards the final classification (depending on level of study, you will need to provide copies of transcripts).
  • gain credit from your experience; if you wish to do this you will be able to evidence this in a module via Accredited Experiential Learning (this module is 50% of normal fee).

PDA has only one compulsory module; Evidencing Work Based Learning which can be done at distance, and on a reflective practice if you wish (see our EWBL pages which demonstrate how this module can benefit both you and your employer).

The PDA can be started at any time; there are no limitations on how long you would like to spend completing the award.

The award descriptor you attain will be e.g. MSc Professional Development.

The benefits of obtaining a PDA for employers and employees are that the Award can:

  • address skill shortages
  • address staff development objectives
  • be tailored to upskill staff whilst offering a bespoke qualification valued by employers, and employees alike.

The table below demonstrates the way credits can make up the award:

Primary targetTotal credits required
Minimum compulsory UWE Bristol work based learning credits

Maximum imported credit
Imported credits can be made up of the following levels
Certificate Professional Development6015 level 145Up to 45 credits at level 1.
Graduate Certificate Professional Development6015 level 345

This can consist of up to 20 credits at level 1 or 2, and further level 3 credits to a total of 45.

Or, up to 45 credits at level 3.

Certificate of Higher Education Professional Development12015 level 1105Up to 105 credits at level 1.
Diploma Professional Development20015 level 2185

This can consist of up to 120 credits at level 1, and further level 2 credits to a total of 120.

Or, up to 185 credits at level 2.

FdA/FdSc Professional Development240

30 level 2

20 credits level 1 or above

20 credits level 2 or above


This can consist of up to 140 credits at level 1, and further level 2 credits to a total of 225.

Or, up to 225 credits at level 2.

BA/BSc Professional Development30015 level 3285

This can consist of up to 200 credits at level 1, up to 40 credits at level 2, and up to 60 credits at level 3 to a total of 285 credits.

Or, up to 285 credits at level 3.

BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) Professional Development36030 credits level 3 including research or EWBL325

This can consist of up to 160 credits at level 1, up to 100 credits at level 2, and up to 100 credits at level 3 to a total of 325 credits.

Or, up to 325 credits at level 3.

Key Facts

This framework is really flexible and allows you to use the credit for courses you have already completed towards a recognised qualification.

Learning and Teaching

  • This will vary depending on the modules you choose to study.

Study facilities

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

Find out more about the PDA

In the following videos, meet our Masters graduates from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, and find out how the UWE Bristol Professional Development (PDA) course and Work-Based Learning have enhanced their careers:


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