Additional Support Needs

Ayrshire College


Kilwinning Campus


Additional Support Needs (ASN) covers many different circumstances and conditions that may require long or short term support for pupils. This can include a disability or health issue, family circumstances or social, emotional and behavioural factors. Working in an ASN role requires patience and sensitivity, as well as sometimes being firm. Although often hard work, it can also be very rewarding.

This course gives you the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to provide safe and effective care to children and young adults with ASN.

This course combines studying at college with hands on sector experience. Each week you’ll spend 2 days in college and 2 days on a placement which supports people with ASN, such as a specialist base within a mainstream school, a specialist school or a community/social services care setting.

The qualification allows registration with SSSC as a practitioner along with SVQ at SCQF Level 7 .

Entry Requirements

2 relevant Highers including English plus National 5 Maths preferred; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children and Young People); or Early Learning and Childcare (Level 6); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Entry subject to 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.

Progression Routes

Progression to relevant HND or employment as an ASN Support Worker or Assistant.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Years

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other