Academy establishes new award with SQA

Scotland’s only digital skills academy has become the first in the UK to offer its students a Professional Development Award (PDA) from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

CodeClan teaches students to code software in an intensive 16-week course and will be the first educational facility in the world to offer SQA’s internationally recognised PDA in Software Development.

CodeClan has been instrumental in working alongside SQA to establish this new award, which will be available at three levels on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF levels 7, 8 and 9). The new PDA will also be available to all SQA approved educational and training facilities.

CodeClan’s chief executive Harvey Wheaton said: “It’s been incredibly rewarding seeing our students produce such impressive work at the completion of the course and now we can provide them with this fantastic SQA qualification.”

Dr Janet Brown, chief executive of the SQA, said: “In line with the Digital Skills Investment Plan for Scotland, SQA is committed to working with the digital skills industry to provide relevant qualifications. These upskill employees and support the sector in addressing current skills shortages.

Claire Gillespie, key sector manager for ICT and digital technologies at Skills Development Scotland added: “CodeClan is already making a difference to Scotland’s digital sector with the first graduates entering the workplace, and SQA accreditation underlines its potential in helping to put Scotland at the forefront of a growing global market.”

CodeClan has the backing of Digital World, a campaign to promote careers in the digital technology industry, which has been developed by the sector in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.