Education Support Assistants are generally employed within 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. Read about these here and find out what you need to do.
Not sure if this course is right for you? Find out more about the options that are available this year at Edinburgh College.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 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. Find out more here.
- Applicants for this level of course will be required to apply for a PVG. Read about the PVG scheme here.
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
All successful applicants will be invited along to a mandatory applicant day. Details TBC.
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.
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- Apply for registration with the SSSC as a Support Worker.
- Registered Support Workers are employed in playgroups, private nurseries, after school clubs, play schemes.
- 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) Use our Funding Tool to assist you with financial support
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