Education Support Assistance (PDA)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus, Inverurie Learning Centre


The course content is extremely comprehensive, and covers a range of crucial factors involved in supporting the educational development of children. You will study professional practice, accident and emergency procedures and how to support the language, literacy and numeracy skills of children and young people. You will also learn about the behaviour of children, how to provide additional learning support and the importance of play.

You will be assessed continually throughout the course and on the outcome of your work placement. A good combination of theory-based classroom activities and practical experience (achieved through completion of a work placement) ensures you will be fully prepared to take on this type of role upon course completion.

Monday and Wednesday - 9.30am - 3.00pm - Aberdeen City Campus

Tuesday and Thursday - 9.30am - 3.00pm - Inverurie Learning Centre

Entry Requirements

A previous qualification in literacy/numeracy at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent is required. Core skills testing will be carried out before commencing the course. EAL Learners are required to have English for Speakers of Other Languages at SCQF Level 5 or above.

In addition, students should have a genuine interest in the welfare of children and a potential interest in working with children in an educational setting. Course booking is subject to core skills testing to be undertaken in the first meeting of the class.

Progression Routes

HNC Childhood Practice

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

37 weeks



SCQF Level




Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other