This course is designed to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to become an effective professional in the area of learning support, working with children, young people or adults in an educational setting, such as a nursery, school, college or specialist educational provision.
What will I learn?
- 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
Within the practical placement, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning within an educational setting supporting individuals with additional support needs. This will enable you to develop an understanding of your professional role in relation to supporting children, young people or adults with additional support needs, educational practice, national guidelines and social policy, such as Curriculum for Excellence; Health and Social Care Standards, My Support My Life; Codes of Practice, etc.
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 and 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)
- SVQ Social Services: Children and Young People (SCQF Level 6)
- SVQ Playwork (SCQF Level 6)
- 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: Children and Young People or Social Services and Healthcare
- Applicants with relevant experience by interview.
Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience.
You will be required to enter the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience. If you have offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check, you should discuss this with staff at interview
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.
When you apply:
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be contacted as per the following stages:
- 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 the College and you will have the opportunity to ask questions
- 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. One of three selection outcomes 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.
If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.
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 enter the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Both the placement and the PVG check will be organised (and PVG costs met) 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.