PDA Education Support Assistance (Level 6) (online evening class)

Glasgow Clyde College

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Course description

This Professional Development Award (PDA) is for you if are already working as a classroom assistant or in an educational setting supporting children and young people with additional support needs. You should be employed in an Education Support Assistant post at primary schools, secondary schools or in additional support needs units or schools and/or learner support roles at colleges or universities. The course is delivered part-time as an online evening class (one night per week) over two academic years. The PDA Group Award is achieved on the successful attainment of eight credit units. Six of these units will be delivered within the online evening class and the double credit Developing Professional Practice is linked to your current workplace experience. • Development of Children and Young People in an Education Setting • 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 • Supporting Language, Literacy and Numeracy in an Educational Setting • Professional Practice in an Educational Setting • Developing Professional Practice in an Education Setting: Workplace Experience For up to date information on the fees and costs for this course, please use the Course Enquiry button or Course Contact. This course may also suit returning learners who want to supplement existing qualifications who are currently working with children and young people in an education setting before going on to further study at HNC or degree level in Childcare, Additional Support Needs (ASN) or Primary Teaching, or who wish to seek employment as an education support assistant. This professional qualification supports the development of the education workforce and will allow the learner to develop the skills, knowledge and practice required for working with children and young people in an education setting. • HNC Childhood Practice • HNC Additional Support Needs • NC Early Education and Childcare may suit learners who would prefer further study at the same level • Employment options may include Education Support Assistant posts at primary schools, secondary schools or in additional support needs units or schools and learner support roles at colleges or universities.

Provided by

Glasgow Clyde College

0141 272 9000

Provider website

50 Prospecthill Road



G42 9LB


ITA funding available

Entry requirements

• Current employment working with children and/or young people in an educational setting • Reference from current education employer • A mature attitude and a willingness to learn • An ability to work with others as part of a team • Commitment to study at Higher Level is required • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience. This is currently blank – should the below information be included: 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 • If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited for interview • The process will consist of an individual interview with a member of the lecturing team. You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications and an academic reference to interview. During the interview, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the course and the college. Interviews will begin in February and will continue until June. Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview performance, qualifications and/or relevant work experience. One of three selection outcomes will be made for you and will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview. The selection outcomes are ‘unconditional offer’; ‘conditional offer’, or ‘unsuccessful’. Any conditions to your offer will be clearly outlined in this email. Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information relating to student funding in June with joining instructions and induction information in mid-July. You must accept your offer as soon as possible in order to secure your place. If you are made a conditional offer, you must provide the required evidence (qualifications, references or other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place. This course involves a placement element which requires that you if successful are entered into the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Both the placement and the PVG check will be organised (and PVG costs met) by the college. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience. If you have offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check, you should discuss this with staff at interview.

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22nd Aug 2022 to 9th Jun 2023

Cost: £680.00 (ex. VAT)

Venue details

Glasgow Clyde College Langside Campus

50 Prospecthill Road



G42 8LB

Who to contact

Ellen Carmichael

Senior Customer Adviser


0141 272 0616

Apply for ITA funding