Educational Support Assistance (PDA)

Fife College


Dunfermline (Halbeath) Campus


This course is designed for those who wish to work, or are presently working, as an education support assistant (sometimes known as a classroom assistant, pupil support assistant (PSA) or support for learning assistant – this covers all of these roles).

Some of the units you will study include:

Supporting the development of children and young people from birth to eighteen years; Professional practice in an educational setting; Supporting the behaviour of children and young people; Supporting children and young people who require additional support for learning.

Entry Requirements

5 subjects at National 5 including English at A or B, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. 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

Relevant HNC/D or degree course.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

1 year


Childhood Studies

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other