Education Support Assistance (PDA)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus, Inverurie Learning Centre


During the course you will complete several SQA units which make up the Group Award, including;
Supporting the Behaviour of Children and Young People; Supporting the Development of Children and Young People from Birth to 18 years; The Rights and Entitlements of Children and Young People; Professional Practice in an Educational Setting; Supporting Children and Young People who require Additional Support for Learning; Supporting Language, Literacy and Numeracy in an Educational Setting; First Aid National 5

You will be assessed continually throughout the course and on the outcome of your work placement.

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