Education Support Assistance Fast Track SCQF Level 6

Learn to provide excellent support to children in an educational setting.


Why take this course?

A child's educational experience is shaped by the adults who support and challenge them in their learning. Education Support Assistants can create a positive learning environment for all children. In such a position, you'll have the opportunity to build students' self esteem, improve their quality of life, and be an agent of change in their schooling experience. This course equips you to play a constructive role in encouraging and affirming positive behaviour in the classroom, and is aimed at anyone interested in pursuing work in childcare or work as a classroom assistant.

What you will experience

The course content is extremely comprehensive, and covers a range of crucial factors involved in supporting the educational development of children. You will study professional practice, accident and emergency procedures and how to support the language, literacy and numeracy skills of children and young people. You will also learn about the behaviour of children, how to provide additional learning support and the importance of play.

You will be assessed continually throughout the course and on the outcome of your work placement. A good combination of theory-based classroom activities and practical experience (achieved through completion of a work placement) ensures you will be fully prepared to take on this type of role upon course completion. 

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Entry requirements

A previous qualification in literacy/numeracy at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent is required.  Core skills testing will be carried out before commencing the course. 

Please note that EAL Learners are required to have English for Speakers of Other Languages at SCQF Level 5 or above. A Strong grade of B2-C1 in the College language test, a minimum score of 174 on the Cambridge English: First examination, or an IELTS score of 5.5-6.0 (or higher) must be achieved. 

In addition, students should have a genuine interest in the welfare of children and a potential interest in working with children in an educational setting. Course booking is subject to core skills testing to be undertaken at a pre-enrolment information session, prior to the start date of the course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

For more information on how to apply for this course, please contact the Part-time Learning Team on 01224 612144 or email part-timelearning@nescol.ac.uk.

Please note candidates will be required to produce a current CV, copies of qualifications/certificates and undertake core skills testing prior to booking a place on the course. 

A placement is a mandatory component for successful completion of the course for which an Enhanced Disclosure will be required. 

Visit the Disclosure Scotland website for more information

Next steps




This course is available by application only. Please contact the Part-time Learning team on 01224 612144 or email part-timelearning@nescol.ac.uk for more information on the application process and availability. This course will run on a Monday & Tuesday (9:30am - 3:00pm) at Aberdeen City Campus. One of these days will involve a work placement from November.

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information or register an interest.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.