Additional Support for Learning Students And Lecturer In Classroom
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)


This 1-year course is designed to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to become effective professionals in the area of learning support.

What will I learn?

The main aim of the HNC Additional Support Needs course is to provide integrated knowledge, theory and practice to equip you to work effectively with individuals- children and young people, with additional support needs.

  • Principles of Practice
  • Theoretical Approaches to Learning
  • The Effects on Human Development
  • Graded Unit
  • Learning Approaches
  • Practical placement with children or adults who have additional support needs

There is continuous assessment with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments.

Employer and industry links

HNC Additional Support Needs: supporting the individual, is suitable for people working or intending to work with individuals of all ages who require additional support in their day-to-day lives, be it in education, work, care and/or recreation. For example:

  • within nursery, primary or secondary mainstream or specialised education
  • social services such as day care centres, supported accommodation or respite care
  • within training or further education with young people with additional support needs

This qualification allows for registration as a practitioner with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Jobs and further study

  • HND Additional Support Needs: Managing & Supporting the Services
  • Diploma in Education & Social Services
  • Career prospects in supporting children or adults in education or adults in training environments.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NC Social Care (SCQF Level 6)
  • NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 6)
  • SVQ Social Services and Healthcare (SCQF Level 6 or 7)
  • SVQ Social Services: Children and Young People (SCQF Level 6 or 7)
  • SVQ Playwork (SCQF Level 6 or 7)
  • PDA Education Support Assistance (SCQF Level 6)
  • Equivalent practical qualifications
  • Two SQA Higher Grade passes at C or above, preferably including Higher English with experience in additional support needs
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (SCQF Level 6), preferably including Higher English
  • Applicants with relevant experience by interview.

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

A PVG Disclosure is essential.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

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:

  • Selection will be by assessment of the information provided on your application form which must be completed fully and accurately
  • The process will consist of an individual interview with a member of the lecturing team
  • You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications and an academic reference to interview
  • During the interview, you will receive more information about the course and college and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 

Interviews will begin in February and will continue until June.

Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview performance,
qualifications and/or relevant workplace experience for each applicant. One of three selection outcomes will be made for each applicant and will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview.

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 student funding in June with joining instructions and induction information in mid-July.

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, other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place.

This course involves a placement element which requires that all successful applicants are enter the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Both the placement and the PVG check will be organised and paid for by the college. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience.

Any applicant who has offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check should discuss this with staff at interview

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3748