Education Support Assistance - An Introduction NQ

What is special about this course?

This course introduces the candidate to supporting children and young people in an educational setting. This course introduces the candidate to supporting children and young people in an educational setting and includes a placement which may open opportunities for working in this field.

Entry requirements

The candidate would normally be expected to have achieved 4 passes at national 5, one of which should be English.  Non-traditional qualifications will also be considered.

The SQA x 2 credit National Unit at SCQF Level 6  ‘Supporting Children and Young People in an Educational Setting’ is part of the Professional Development Award (PDA) ‘Education Support Assistant’.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Work based
  • Online

Blended Learning including face to face/online/practice in a workplace setting.

How long will my course last?

10 Weeks

2 days - 1 evening session and 1 day at placement.

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Further education tuition fees

    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course. Further information can be found at

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This course can lead to entry on the following vocational courses PDA Education Support Assistance which in turn could lead to employment in childcare settings.

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