Education Support Assistance (PDA)

Borders College


Scottish Borders Campus


Comprises 7 SQA units as follows: Information and Communication Technology, Supporting the Development of Children and Young People from Birth to 18 Years, Supporting Children and Young People Who Require Additional Support for Learning, Professional Practice in an Educational Setting, Supporting Children and Young People in an Educational Setting, Supporting Language, Literacy and Numeracy in an Educational Setting, Supporting the Behaviour of Children and Young People.

Entry Requirements

You are required to be working in an education setting but placements can be found by the college. Students must commit to at least half a day a week whilst studying the mandatory units.

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.

Progression Routes

A career as an Education Support Assistant or for those who wish to begin working in education.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

2 years



SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other