• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Early Education and Childcare
  • SCQF Level 6


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Intro to the course:

Train during school hours for a job within school hours! You can make a difference to the lives of children through a rewarding and exciting career in education. 

This course is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge, skills, values and competencies for those wishing to work with, or already working with, children and young people in an education setting.  

An Education support assistant has an important role to play in shaping a child’s learning, by creating a positive and supportive environment for all. Research shows that when Support Assistants are deployed effectively, with appropriate training and support, they can make a significant contribution to pupils' learning and wellbeing.  

The course will be in college 2 days per week between 9.15am and 2.45pm. You will also have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and further develop your skills by working in an educational setting alongside qualified professionals, supporting the learning and development of children and young people. 

Throughout the course you will have lots of fun learning opportunities such as practical play, interesting speakers, outdoor learning, community partnership events and teambuilding activities.  

SCQF Level 6

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Who is the course for?

The course is appropriate for those who are currently employed or considering employment in the education sector or wish to progress onto further study in education. 

What will I study?

This course will cover areas such as: 

Understanding & Developing Professional Practice 

Development of Children and Young People  

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 

Planning for Practice (Nurturing approaches) 

Supporting Playwork Practice 

Next step course options

You could progress to any level 7 course within the education/care sector including HNC Childhood Practice, HNC Additional Support Needs, HNC Health and Social Care after completion of this course.  

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through open and closed book assessments and group project work. 

Why should I choose this course?

There are excellent employment and further study options available after completion of this course.  

Where can this course lead?

 After completion of the PDA, you will be given a guaranteed interview with South Lanarkshire Council for an Education Support Assistant role. You could become a classroom assistant in a school or support assistant in an early years setting. 

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 

What are the interview arrangements?

You will be invited to the college for an interview after we have received your application. 

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for short full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 26/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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