Education Support Assistance (PDA)

South Lanarkshire College


This Professional Development Award is for people who are already working, or would like to work, as classroom assistants or in an educational setting supporting young people with additional support needs.

It could also suit learners returning to education who’d like to build on existing qualifications by gaining some experience working with children before going on to further study in HNC in Childcare.

The course is made up of 8 National Units and a practical placement. Students must have a placement of one day per week in a primary or secondary school.

Course units include:
Child Development; Supporting Behaviour; Providing Learning Support for Children with Additional Needs; Work experience in a Primary or Secondary School or in an Additional Support Needs (ASN) setting.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. Interview.

Progression Routes

Related degree course

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

1 year


Early Education and Child Care

SCQF Level