EDUCATION SUPPORT ASSISTANCE PDA (FOR CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS)
SCQF Level 6
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview
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Education Support Assistants are generally employed in schools to support the work of class teachers in learning activities. Education Support Assistants are often involved in supporting and supervising tasks set by teachers to individuals and groups of pupils. This can be in primary schools, secondary schools and sometimes in the private childcare sector.

Students studying childcare courses may be required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and to apply for a PVG.The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme - mygov.scot

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What You Will Learn
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Students will achieve the nationally recognised SQA Education Support Assistance Group Award at SCQF Level 6.

You will learn

  • How to work effectively with a 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 Development of Children and Young People from Birth to Eighteen Years
  • Supporting the Behaviour of Children and Young People
  • Supporting Children and Young People who require Additional Support for Learning
  • Professional Practice in an Educational Setting
  • The Rights and Entitlements of Children and Young People
  • Supporting Children and Young People in an Educational Setting
  • Supporting Language, Literacy and Numeracy in an Educational Setting
  • Core Skills
Placement Information
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  • This course includes a mandatory assessed placement in an educational setting.
  • This gives the oportunity to apply your learning in practice while developing essential skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Placement days and hours to be confirmed.
Entry Requirements
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  • You are required to hold certification in English or Communications and two other subjects at SCQF level 5 or above (or equivalent)
  • 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 who may not have formal academic qualifications you may still be considered if you can demonstrate significant experience of working with children.  Please detail this experience in your personal statement.
English Proficiency Requirements
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  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
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  • This course is assessed using a variety of methods throughout the course including tasks completed on placement.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
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All successful applicants will be invited along to an applicant day (may be online)

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.

Progression And Articulation Routes
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  • 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.
Career Opportunities
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  • Classroom Assistant role in Primary or Secondary schools
  • Eligible for registration with the SSSC as a Support Worker.
  • Registered Support Workers are employed in playgroups, private nurseries, out of school care, play schemes.
Number Of Days Per Week
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  • 16 hours of class contact per week.
  • This is normally delivered over three or four days per week.
  • Days and hours to be confirmed.
  • We recommend a minimum of 6 additional hours per week of self study.
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Start Date and Time
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Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date
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Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
Course Delivery
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation


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