Education Support Assistance (PDA)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus, Inverurie Community Campus


A child’s educational experience is shaped by the adults who support and challenge them in their learning. Education Support Assistants can create a positive learning environment for all children. In such a position, you’ll have the opportunity to build students’ self esteem, improve their quality of life, and be an agent of change in their schooling experience. This course equips you to play a constructive role in encouraging and affirming positive behaviour in the classroom, and is aimed at anyone interested in pursuing work in childcare or work as a classroom assistant.

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