Additional Support for Learning Students And Lecturer In Classroom
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
30 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications will open in January 2022.

This HND Additional Support Needs - Managing and Supporting the Services, one-year course, is designed to provide you with a specialist qualification if you want to work with children or adults who have additional support needs, with an emphasis on the management of support services.

What will I learn?

The course develops the underpinning theoretical knowledge, direct practice experience, values and understanding gained previously.

The HND Additional Support Needs course offers a qualification that is generally seen as equivalent to second-year undergraduate level. During the course you will be introduced to Abertay University and their BA in Learning Disability. If you successfully complete HND Additional Support Needs, you can apply directly to the third year of the BA programme where you will continue your studies to complete the BA in Learning Disability. The university also offers an Honours year for this programme.

The course will develop your first line managerial knowledge and skills through the delivery of units including:

  • Effective leadership and management 
  • Managing quality
  • ASN: Working in an Additional Support Needs setting
  • A Graded Unit
  • Collaborating with other agencies
  • Purposes and processes of assessment
  • Programme planning
  • Business communication
  • Autism
  • Work Placement in a relevant ASN setting

Assessment is continuous. There is no final examination.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

You must have a relevant HNC qualification:

  • HNC Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual
  • HNC Early Education and Childcare
  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • HNC Social Care
  • HNC Social Services
  • Satisfactory reference
  • All qualifications will normally have been achieved in the previous five years
  • You will additionally require relevant experience of the working with ASN
  • Individual 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.

Employer and industry links

Students will complete an extended practice placement in a related work setting.

This course has very strong links with a wide variety of service providers and employers. They often contribute to lectures by visiting the college to discuss their work, role and service partnerships. Through practice placements and visits to community services we aim to help students understand the needs of local communities and meet the staff who provide and people who use ASN support services.

In addition, students have a one day per week extended work placement in a related work setting.

Jobs and further study

You may choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level. Examples of courses that previous students have been successful in progressing to are:

  • The 3rd year of the BA Learning Disability / Difficulties at Abertay University
  • Social Work
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Primary Teaching
  • Autism Studies
  • Counselling Studies
  • Occupational Therapy

A diverse range of job options are available to you, including supporting service users in social care, mental health, addictions, homelessness, learning disability, family and education settings.

On completion of the 3rd year of the BA Learning Disability programme at Abertay University, you may be eligible to continue your studies to Honours level. This will allow you to progress through jobs in the social services sector. In addition, you will have a recognised academic degree at SCQF Level 9/10.

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 qualifications and interview
  • Selection will normally take place before April, You will not be informed of the outcome of the selection process before May
  • Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your offer of a place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. Student Funding, Joining Instructions, Induction Date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3104