Education Support Assistance (PDA)

South Lanarkshire College


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.

Modules studied 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

Applicants must have a mature attitude and willingness to learn, the ability to work as part of a team and be committed to study at Higher level.

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; HNC Additional Support Needs

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

36 weeks


Early Education and Child Care

SCQF Level