Smiling group of students

About Professional Development Awards

The flexible structure of Professional Development Awards allows you to tailor your course to match your interests and professional development needs.

What are Professional Development Awards (PDA)?

The Professional Development Awards are based on credit accumulation and transfer. You can build credit through a UWE Bristol Evidencing Work-Based Learning (EWBL) module, accredited learning and taught modules to gain a UWE Bristol qualification with the title of Professional Development Awards.

You can negotiate your own programme of study, according to your individual learning requirements and professional goals. Find out more about how to build your own qualification.

Why undertake PDA?

There are many benefits to taking Professional Development Awards. You can:

  • create your own higher education qualification at undergraduate, postgraduate, certificate or diploma level
  • gain credit whilst working through our Evidencing Work-Based Learning module
  • decide how and when you learn and how you will be assessed, progressing at your own rate
  • have previous learning recognised as part of the qualification for the award of credit
  • enhance your knowledge and skills and the ability to become more productive in your current or future roles.

Learn more about the PDA

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

Anna, Clinical Nurse Specialist


Alison (Specialist Community Public Health Nurse)

Back to top