Education Support Assistant (PDA)

Ayrshire College


Kilwinning Campus


This course is designed to develop and enhance your knowledge, skills, values, and competencies. Ideal for those wishing to work with, or already working with, children and young people in an education setting.

The PDA Education Support Assistance is appropriate for those who are currently employed or considering employment in the education sector. It enables learners to work as a member of staff who has responsibility for providing care and educational support to children and young people. You will provide support to the learning and teaching process and the wellbeing of children and young people.

Each week you will be in college two days and one day on placement in a primary or secondary school, working with children, young people, and the staff team.

Entry Requirements

5 relevant subjects at National 5 including English and preferably Maths; or Early Learning and Childcare (Level 5); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. 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

Relevant HNC

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