This course is intended to provide a progression route for those who wish to continue to study in the area of additional support needs (ASN). You will undertake a placement for two days per week between September and June to give you practical experience in working in this sector.

Successful completion of the course will also enable you to seek employment and register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level. Visit the SSSC for more information about registration requirements.

Problem solving, practical ways to support children and adults with Additional Support Needs and academic writing skills 

  • One year full-time
  • ASN: principles of practice
  • ASN: theoretical approaches to learning
  • ASN: the effects on human development
  • ASN: workplace practice
  • ASN: Graded Unit 1
  • Other optional units

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 6 plus Higher English at Grade A or B
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Social Services: Children and Young People SCQF Level 6 plus Higher English at Grade A or B
  • SVQ: Social Services (Children and Young People) or Health and Social Care SCQF Level 6
  • Another qualification at SCQF Level 6 in a related subject such as Social/Health Care, Humanities, or Social Sciences
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services SCQF Level 8
  • It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information.
  • Educational assistant within special education
  • Support worker in training/residential environments for people with learning difficulties/disabilities
  • Learning support assistant
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • PVG scheme membership (can be acquired through course)