• Teaching/Training

    HNC Additional Support Needs

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 26 Aug 2019

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Additional Support Needs (ASN) covers many different circumstances and conditions that may require long or short term support for pupils. This can include a disability or health issue, family circumstances or social, emotional and behavioural factors. Working in an ASN role requires patience and sensitivity, as well as sometimes being firm. Although often hard work, it can also be very rewarding.

This course gives you the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to provide safe and effective care to children and young adults with ASN.


For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working with people with ASN

  • A minimum of two relevant Highers, including English at Grade C or above and ideally National 5 Maths at Grade C OR

    a relevant course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent such as:

    • NC Higher Health and Social Care

    • NC Higher Early Education and Childcare

    • SVQ Level 2 or 3 Social Services and Healthcare

    • SQ Social Services: Children and Young People (or equivalent

    • PDA Education Support Assistance

    • Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children and Young People

  • An interview with us

  • A satisfactory reference

  • Eligible to be a member of the PVG scheme

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life/work experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course combines studying at college with hands on sector experience. Each week you’ll spend 2 days in college and 2 days on a placement which supports people with ASN, such as a specialist base within a mainstream school, a specialist school or a community/social services care setting.

Here’s more on what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles and philosophy of education and vocational needs for individuals with ASN. You’ll learn about current education and training, and support services available.
  • You’ll look at learning theory for supporting the development of individuals with ASN. You’ll examine the effects of disruption to the learning process in terms of cognitive, physical or social and emotional development.
  • You’ll explore in more detail the effects that ASN can have on aspects of development. You’ll investigate the effects of physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities, from birth to old age, and the associated difficulties.
  • You’ll look specifically at the nature and spectrum of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You’ll learn about the support available for individuals with ASD, as well as therapies and interventions for improving the lives of people on the autistic spectrum.
  • You’ll learn how to manage the behaviour of learners with ASN. You’ll look at behaviour related to specific ASN, including learning disability and mental health issues.
  • You’ll look at potential communication problems which may be experienced by individuals with ASN and examine strategies and services to support them.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto HND Additional Support Needs at eg Glasgow Clyde, West Lothian or Fife College

Seeking to start your career in the care sector with a role as an ASN Support Worker or Assistant within:

  • a mainstream school or college
  • a specialised school
  • a range of social service care settings
  • a range of community and/or third sector settings


  • Why you should study for a career in additional support needs - read Katie’s story. Click here to read the blog.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019



Start Date

26 Aug 2019



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