Education Support Assistants are generally employed within schools to support the work of class teachers in learning activities – these post holders were until recently referred to as pupil support assistants. Education Support Assistants are often involved in supporting and supervising tasks set by teachers to individuals and groups of pupils. This can me in primary schools, secondary schools and sometimes in the private childcare sector.
This course is designed to provide you with the skills you need for this type of post. You can study on this course in 2 different formats – please ensure you are you’re applying for the correct format. You have 2 to choose from
- Short Full Time – this version of the course runs for 18 weeks with about 16 hours per week in college plus a 3 hour per week self-study allocation. In addition, there is a 2 day per week work placement requirement*.
- Part Time - this runs for 36 weeks with 2 x 3-hour college classes per week and a 1 day per week work placement requirement*
*Please note that you will be expected to attend your placement as well as attending college for timetabled classes and activities. This may include an earlier start or later finish than the normal college day and will include travel to a different location than the campus you attend.
- How to work effectively with class teacher
- How to support children with additional support needs, classroom organisation and administrative tasks
You will take part in a work placement which will enable you to put these skills into practice Subjects include
- Supporting the Behaviour of Children and Young People
- Professional Practice in an Educational Setting
- The Rights and Entitlements of Children and Young People
- Supporting Information Communication Technology (ICT) in an Educational Setting
- ESA – SHORT FULL TIME – There is a 2 day per week work placement requirement. This will be in a school setting and is planned to start within 4-6 weeks of the college course start date.*
- ESA – PART TIME - There is a 1 day per week work placement requirement. This will be in a school setting and is planned to start within 4-6 weeks of the college course start date.
* Please note that you will be expected to attend your placement as well as attending college for timetabled classes and activities. This may include an earlier start or later finish than the normal college day and will include travel to a different location than the campus you attend. *subject to change to meet operational requirements.
How Course Is Assessed:
- Formal assessments
- Project work
- Essays with elements of units to be achieved ‘in the workplace’.
Number of Days per week:
- Short Full-Time option – 2 full days in college per week (for 18 weeks) plus a 3-hour self- study allocation. Your work placement requirement is 2 full days per week
- Part-Time option – 2 x 4-hour college classes (for 36 weeks). Normally these slots are timetabled on different days of the week. Your work placement requirement is 1 full day per week.
- You are required to hold certification at SCQF level 5 or above (or equivalent) including English or Communication
- Applicants should hold qualifications or have experience that demonstrates their ability in basic research, basic report writing and writing basic compositions
- All applicants should have some experience of working with children – please detail this experience in your personal statement
- For mature applicants, relevant work experience in a Childcare setting could demonstrate ability rather than qualifications
- Staff who work in nurseries, after school clubs and childcare provision are required to register with the SSSc – The Scottish Social Services Council. Details of registration requirements can be found at http://www.sssc.uk.com/registration
- Applicants for this level of course will be required to apply for a PVG. PVG = Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This PVG Scheme is for all those who work - whether paid or unpaid - with children and protected adults in the UK that would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these groups. Detail of the PVG Scheme can be found http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2011/08/04111811/1
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
All successful applicants will be invited to their campus of choice for a welcome event. The purpose of this welcome event is to:
- To meet with the team and tour our facilities
- Further discussion on the PVG scheme and what it involves
- Overview of your chose course and its content
- Workwear sizing and order*
- Next Steps – timetable, our expectations and your expectations
- Your future – further study employment and career opportunities
- Your chance to ask us questions. This welcome event is a compulsory requirement to secure and confirm your place on the course.
* For this level of course your workwear is funded through your bursary award (no requirement for you to pay). Workwear is required to be worn when in placement. All Childcare workwear is specifically designed for us and will have the Edinburgh College and Childcare logo embroidered on each item. The kit includes Polo Shirts (x3), Hoodie and weather proof Jacket for outdoor activities. Workwear is supplied and funded for Full-Time applicants only
- HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 7) Suitability for progression will be determined by achievement including the workplace element, attendance record, conduct and a successful progression discussion.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £1008 Midlothian part-time (year 1)Fee: £1008 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
This course will start week commencing...