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Professional Development Award in Quality, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
The overall aims of the Professional Development Award (PDA) in Quality are to develop an understanding of the field of Total Quality. We want you to appreciate the holistic nature of Quality Assurance, Quality Management Systems, Quality Management and Quality Improvement. We aim to furnish you with the skills to practice effectively in the field of Quality.
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This qualification is designed for candidates who want to enter into, or progress within, Quality-related positions in a range of organisations across all sectors at supervisory or managerial level. It has a heavy focus on developing candidate’s soft management skills and their ability to apply their knowledge to the relevant business environment.

This qualification has been developed through rigorous research involving employers, centres, universities and current holders of the awards. They contain valuable knowledge and skills that are at the forefront of current practices in leading organisations.

Aims of this course

These are to:

  • develop an understanding of the field of Total Quality
  • develop an understanding of the holistic nature of quality and thus the scope for quality improvement
  • develop understanding of the principles of quality assurance
  • develop understanding of the principles of quality systems
  • develop understanding of the implementation of quality management
  • develop transferable skills, such as Core Skills and soft management skills, to the levels demanded by employers
  • develop the communication and analytical skills necessary to understand the process of quality auditing, assessment and problem solving
  • prepare candidates for employment in quality-related posts at supervisory/junior managerial level, eg Quality Inspector, Technician or Systems Officer
  • develop a range of contemporary vocational skills relating to the establishment, maintenance and improvement of quality within organisations

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Quality
  • Management of Quality
  • Measurement of Quality
  • Quality Improvement
  • Production of an Integrated Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety Systems Policy Manual

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • An appropriate level of skill in the English language.
  • Experience in the use of IT applications software.
  • Good communication and analytical skills

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from various awarding bodies may be acceptable, as would suitable industry standard qualifications at an appropriate level.

Mature candidates with suitable work experience may be accepted for entry provided the enrolling centre believes that the candidate is likely to benefit from undertaking the qualification.

Tuition Fee


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