Education Support Assistance (PDA)

Edinburgh College


Midlothian Campus, Sighthill Campus


Education Support Assistants are generally employed within schools to support the work of class teachers in learning activities. Education Support Assistants are often involved in supporting and supervising tasks set by teachers to individuals and groups of pupils. This can be in primary schools, secondary schools and sometimes in the private childcare sector.

Subjects Include:
Supporting the Development of Children and Young People from Birth to Eighteen Years; Supporting the Behaviour of Children and Young People; Supporting Children and Young People who require Additional Support for Learning; Working with Children and Young People with Autism; Professional Practice in an Educational Setting; The Rights and Entitlements of Children and Young People; Supporting Children and Young People in an Educational Setting; Supporting Language, Literacy and Numeracy in an Educational Setting; Communication; Numeracy; Information and Communication Technology.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5 including English, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. Relevant work experience/volunteering. Interview.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Childhood Practice

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other