Education Support Assistance (PDA)

Edinburgh College


Midlothian 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.

Entry Requirements

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

August, January



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

6 months


Childhood Practice

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other