Education Support Assistant (PDA)

Ayrshire College


Kilwinning Campus


The Education Support Assistant (ESA) role is particularly relevant in educational settings. It provides support for a range of children and young people with Additional Support Needs in primary or secondary school settings. Working in an ESA role requires patience, sensitivity and responsive approaches. Although often hard work, it can also be very rewarding. At this level, there’s a significant amount of research and writing required, as you explore the theory and practices relevant to the Education Support Assistant role.

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.

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