This course is designed for those who are working within the area of additional support needs (ASN) and wish to undertake further professional development. It is also for those who are considering entering this field, who have previously achieved a related HNC award (or equivalent). This is an intensive course of study with 18 SQA credits which are delivered over five full days and therefore requires a great deal of commitment and hard work to achieve. It provides a progression route to BA Learning Difficulties/Disabilities.

You will complete a practical work placement as part of the course (two days per week on the full-time course, one day per week on the part-time course).

  • Programme planning
  • Working in an additional support needs setting
  • Communication: business communication
  • Collaborating with other agencies
  • Managing quality
  • Effective leadership and management
  • Graded unit 2
  • A number of optional units
  • One year full-time
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7 (G8P2 15) is preferred. However, its predecessor HNC: Supporting Learning Needs (G5ML 15) may allow you to credit transfer for the current HNC (G8P2 15) at the College’s discretion
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 6 plus Higher English at Level A or B
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Children and Young People SCQF Level 6 plus Higher English at Level A or B

In particular situations, you may instead have successfully completed one of the following:

  • HNC: Social Care SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Health Care SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Care and Administrative Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Social Services SCQF Level 7

You will need a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course (visit for more information). If you are concerned about any information that may affect your PVG, you can contact our Guidance team to discuss this before submitting your application.

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

  • Support worker/manager/supervisor in training or residential settings for people with learning disabilities
  • Learning support assistant roles
  • Educational assistant roles
  • As well as having appropriate entry qualifications, selection on to this course will be based on criteria outlined in Fife College’s admissions procedure, which may include a personal statement, an interview and a satisfactory reference