Education Support Assistance (PDA)

Perth College UHI


Main Campus


This course aims to provide a qualification for those who are currently employed as an Education Support Assistant or those who would like to take on that role.

It will enable you to develop the specific skills of an Education Support Assistant and to develop knowledge of issues associated with children and young people in educational settings.

It also provides you with a deeper knowledge of Additional Support Needs across a broad spectrum of specific needs and disabilities.

The course includes a work experience element which can be completed either in your workplace if you are currently employed in an educational setting or through volunteer work in a similar role.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements; interview.

A particular feature of the award is the requirement for students to be either employed or to have a period of workplace practice experience in an educational setting to enable them to meet the requirements of units related to supporting children and young people in an educational setting and to develop their practice in an educational setting.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

1 year


Education and Childcare

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other