• August
  • Early Education and Childcare
  • Professional accredited qualification


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Intro to the course:

This Professional Development Award is for people who are already working, or would like to work, as classroom/ pupil support assistants or in an educational setting supporting young people with additional support needs.

It could also suit learners returning to education who'd like to build on existing qualifications by gaining some experience working with children before going on to further study in HNC in Childcare.

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.

Course units 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.

Professional accredited qualification

Study mode
Part-Time Evening

Start date

Who is the course for?

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

What will I study?

A range of units which will prepare you to work in a school setting.

How will I be assessed?

Open and closed book assessments and practical tasks.

Why should I choose this course?

Job opportunities are flexible and varied. Course gives underpinning knowledge required as entry to HNC Childhood Practice.

Where can this course lead?

Job options may include Education/ Pupil Support Assistant posts at nursery, primary schools, secondary schools .

36 weeks (Tuesday and Thursday Evenings)

Students can be self funded or funded by an employer

This course may be eligible for ITA funding

Most of our students get help with funding their studies. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for advice and to see if you'd qualify for student support.

What are the entry requirements?

Mature attitude and a willingness to learn
Ability to work with others as part of a team
Interest in working with children and young people
Commitment to study at Higher Level is required
As this course comprises a practical placement, Disclosure Scotland (PVG) vetting of all students will be required.

Entry to this course is based on successful performance at interview and experience working with children.

What are the interview arrangements?

Job opportunities are flexible and varied. Course gives underpinning knowledge required as entry to HNC Childhood Practice.

Other information:

supporting individual pupils with ASN.

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