Undergraduate study

Course overview

This programme is delivered at Stockton Riverside College, Hartlepool College of Further Education and Redcar & Cleveland College. It equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be an effective supporting teaching and learning practitioner. You learn about key issues including safeguarding, planning and managing a learning environment, and working with children/young people with special educational needs. The programme also develops your study, reflection and research skills to prepare you to progress into higher-level study, for example the BA (Hons) Education and Training (Supporting Teaching and Learning) degree.


Course details

The programme is a two-year part-time programme. The key themes are introduced in Year 1 and developed in Year 2. One of the main objectives of the programme is to develop your ability to be a reflective practitioner and to be critical abut your own practices. This involves the ability to develop subject knowledge, apply this in practice and critically reflect on the impacts of this to the learning and development of the individuals that you are supporting in the learning setting.

The key themes developed within the modules are principles of inclusive practice; special educational needs and disability (SEND); how the planning, learning and assessment cycle can be utilised to best effect to support educational outcomes; understanding educational policy and legislation and the role of research in education.

Course structure

Level 4 modules

Personal and Professional Development for Supporting Teaching and Learning (level 4)

You examine the emerging standards and changing practices in education that require practitioners, engaged in a variety of educational roles, to continually update and refresh personal and professional knowledge and skills. You look at best practice for continual personal and professional development for anyone supporting teaching and learning in a range of education environments.

You apply skills of reflective practice. You are introduced to the concept of ethical practice. You create a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates personal and professional development throughout the programme.

Planning and Managing the Learning Environment

You explore the planning cycle in detail and how it informs and promotes children’s and young people’s development within relevant legislative frameworks. Ethics and theories of learning are discussed and examined in relation to the learners’ practice setting. The importance of planning in promoting children’s/young people's holistic development and planning to meet individual needs is explored.

You examine topical issues, such as managing the learning environment and in particular the outdoor environment, explore best practice, national and international initiatives. You identify the importance of assessment and explore a range of strategies including those utilised in your practice setting.

Study Skills (Education)

Working with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs

In this module you examine the underpinning legislative and statutory frameworks of partnership and integrated working relevant to your practice environment. You examine international approaches to working with parents and families and identify the possible impact of parenting styles and sociological perspectives of families on home/school relationships. You explore the roles and responsibilities of a range of professionals that may have input into the learning and development of pupils in educational settings, as well as the importance of the relationship between practitioners, parents, families and the child.

Working with Children, Families and Integrated Working in an Educational Setting


Level 5 modules

Analysing Practice Relating to the Promotion of Inclusion for Individuals with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities

You identify the difficulties and barriers to learning associated with special educational needs and consider the implications for learners and teaching assistants in different practice settings. You explore issues related to meeting the individual needs of a learner within the curriculum set by an institution, and plan, deliver and reflect on a range of sessions delivered as part of professional development.

Children with Behavioural Difficulties

You have the opportunity to complete a research study on a topic related to children and early childhood. This module is designed to facilitate the development of a range of skills that enable you to independently research an area of professional practice and demonstrate autonomous learning.

Personal and Professional Development for Supporting Teaching and Learning (level 5)

You develop your relationship between professional development and academic reflection in educational settings by focusing on professional practice. You develop your skills as a reflective practitioner by keeping a log of key elements of your own practice and two of these elements are assessed.

Research Skills (Education)

You examine the emerging standards and changing practices in education that require practitioners, engaged in a variety of educational roles, to continually update and refresh personal and professional knowledge and skills. You explore best practice for continual personal and professional development for anyone supporting teaching and learning in a range of education environments.

Safeguarding Children in Educational Settings

You explore safeguarding in educational settings and cover the legislative and policy background to safeguarding, focusing on the key aspects of child protection and child welfare. You consider the influence of the children's rights agenda on policy, legislation and practice. You also explore how policy and guidance structure practice safeguarding issues relate to key aspects of practice, such as working with parents and other professionals, children’s rights, supporting children to safeguard themselves, working with looked after children and issues relating to managing safeguarding in an educational setting.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

This programme is designed to be flexible and accessible. A combination of classroom-based and online learning approaches is used. Delivery methods include lecture and seminar activities and you are further supported by group and individual tutorials and the use of a virtual learning environment (VLE).

You use the IT Lab to develop IT skills and for online research. You are taught by practitioners who will demonstrate models of good practice with regard to teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to relate this practice to current research and thinking on effective classroom practice.

Tutorial support ensures that you have access to appropriate support. Workshop sessions enable participation in informal discussions and the work-based learning elements of the programme support the development of your practical and professional skills and facilitate the application of theory to your practice.

How you are assessed

Typically, you are assessed by essays, assignments and reports; by developing portfolios related to practice and by completing case studies.

Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have been successful in achieving a minimum Level 3 qualification/s or equivalent in a subject area related to supporting teaching and learning in an educational setting.

Access to practice experience as outlined previously.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check) is required for this course.

If you are not currently in relevant paid work you will be required to obtain this via university and college processes.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Completion of this programme will assist you in securing a career supporting learning and teaching in a range of settings, such as schools and colleges, training organisations, community education and youth education, as well as in tertiary education settings such as libraries, health care settings and museums to support learning activities.



  • Not available full-time


From Sept 2018 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£3,960 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2 years
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

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