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PDA Education and Support Assistance Online (Level 6)

Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
29 Aug 2023 @ 6pm to 9pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
Qualification Type
Course Type
August to June


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This Professional Development Award (PDA) Education Support Assistance online course is for you if you are already working or volunteering as a classroom assistant or in an educational setting. You should be employed in an Education Support Assistant post at primary schools, secondary schools or in additional support needs units or schools and/or learner support roles at colleges or universities.

What will I learn?

This PDA Education Support Assistance online course is delivered part-time as an online evening class (two nights per week) over one academic year (August to June).

The PDA Group Award is achieved on the successful attainment of eight credit units.

Six of these units will be delivered within the online evening class and the double credit unit - Developing Professional Practice is linked to your current workplace experience.

  • Development of children and young people in an education setting
  • Supporting the behaviour of children and young people
  • Supporting children and young people who require additional support for learning
  • Protecting and promoting the rights of the child
  • Supporting language, literacy and numeracy in an educational setting
  • Professional practice in an educational setting
  • Developing professional practice in an education setting: workplace experience.

For information on the fees and costs for this course, please use the Course Enquiry button or Course Contact.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Current employment working with children and/or young people in an educational setting
  • Reference from current education employer
  • A mature attitude and a willingness to learn
  • An ability to work with others as part of a team
  • Commitment to study at Higher Level is required.

Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience

Articulation Routes

This course may also suit returning learners who want to supplement existing qualifications and are currently working with children and young people in an education setting, before going on to further study at HNC or degree level in Childcare, Additional Support Needs (ASN) or Primary Teaching, or who wish to seek employment as an education support assistant.

Jobs and further study

This professional qualification supports the development of the education workforce and will allow you to develop the skills, knowledge and practice required for working with children and young people in an education setting.  You can also progress to the following courses:

  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • HNC Additional Support Needs
  • NC Early Education and Childcare may suit learners who would prefer further study at the same level
  • Employment options may include Education Support Assistant posts at primary schools, secondary schools or in additional support needs units or schools and learner support roles at colleges or universities.
  • If you work in a nursery, this will ensure you meet the SSSC requirements.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • completion of pre-entry assignment
  • confirmation of employment/job role
  • confirmation of support from employer
  • selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of pre-entry assignment, relevant employment and successful reference.

The selection outcomes are ‘unconditional offer’; ‘conditional offer’, or ‘unsuccessful’.

Any conditions to your offer will be clearly outlined in this email.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information relating to funding with joining instructions and induction information.

You must accept your offer as soon as possible in order to secure your place.

If you are made a conditional offer, you must provide the required evidence (qualifications, references or other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place.

This course requires that you are in employment in an education setting which requires that you are entered into the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3661