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Undergraduate study
Education and Training (Supporting Teaching and Learning)

Education and Training (Supporting Teaching and Learning)
BA (Hons)


Course overview

This programme is designed to ‘top up’ the FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning or other appropriate Educare-related foundation degrees. This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College.

The overall aims of the programme are to enable students who are practising in a variety of educational contexts and engaged in the processes of promoting learning/educational achievement to gain an in-depth knowledge of relevant professional issues. A particular emphasis is given to special educational needs and disabilities. You have the opportunity to relate new knowledge to your ongoing professional experience. This programme is primarily for those currently practising or volunteering in the sector.


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Education Policy and Education Practice

This module will assist you in developing your awareness of issues relating to debates on education policies and how these impact on practice. It will also enable you to establish connections between leadership, organisational improvement and organisational change.

Individual Practice Project

The individual practice project gives you the opportunity to define your own research topic, working on it over an extended period of time. It allows you to draw together the learning from all other modules and to use your working practices to help others learn.
The module is designed to facilitate the development of a range of skills that will enable you to independently research an area of professional concern. There will be tutor support available to assist in this process and you will also be encouraged to reflect upon the vocational and other work skills you have developed whilst undertaking the dissertation work.

Meeting the Individual Needs of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This module will develop your understanding of the importance of identifying and meeting the individual needs of children and young people with special educational needs.
You develop confidence and skill in creating individual education and health care plans for individuals, identifying the level of support needed and involvement required of external agencies.

Planning Research in Education

This module enables you to understand the place and importance of research in the field of education, and prepares you for the completion of an individual action research project.


and one optional module

Curriculum Design and Assessment

You explore aspects of curriculum design, planning and assessment and to evaluate some of the issues, factors and considerations that are made when planning a learning, teaching and assessment task. You then discuss the relationship between these issues and good practice. If you are not leading in a learning situation, you may draw upon joint planning activities you have carried out with another practitioner as a basis for the development of the work for the module assessment task.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

This module encourages you to explore how learning situations can be used to promote positive patterns of behaviour in learners.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You are assessed by essays, reflective studies on work settings and a dissertation-length project.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
Find out more about our disability services

Find out more about financial support
Find out more about our course related costs


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must be in possession of a Foundation Degree in Learning Support, Supporting Learning and Teaching or other appropriate Educare related Foundation Degrees (or awards) which are worth a total of 240 HE credits and which have 120 level credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5.

Applicants must be in paid or unpaid employment in an educational practice for at least 2-5 hours per week.

APEL/APCL will be considered in line with University Policy.

International students should also consider criteria for admission and direct entry here.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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.
Find out more about RPL



Career opportunities

Successful graduates may progress into support roles in education or a graduate teacher programme for teaching in primary settings. Graduates may also practise in a range of lifelong learning educational settings such as further education colleges.



  • Not available full-time


2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 1 year
  • Attendance: Weekly attendance (evening) Stockton Riverside College
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates

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The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in education. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.


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