Education Support Assistance (PDA)

New College Lanarkshire


Motherwell Campus


A child’s educational experience is shaped by the adults who support and challenge them in their learning. Education Support Assistants can create a positive learning environment for all children. As an Education Support Assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to build a child’s self esteem, improve their quality of life, and be an agent of change in their schooling experience.

Subjects include:

Child Development; Supporting 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; Working in an education setting.

You will also have a work placement.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children and Young People). Participation at an information session, skills assessment and interview forms part of the selection criteria.

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

HNC Childhood Practice or employment as a classroom assistant

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Learning and Childcare

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other