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Course summary

A full-time award designed and delivered at the University Centre of Farnborough. It is a University of Surrey validated award aimed at Teaching Assistants/ Learning Support practitioners who have completed NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. The award is nationally recognised by universities and provides an opportunity for professional development and progression onto an honours degree. A successful candidate will achieve 120 credits at level 4 (Year 1) and 120 credits at level 5 (Year 2) and have the opportunity to enter a Bachelors of Arts Honours degree at level 6 (Year 3) to achieve the complete credits (320 in total).


There are 8 modules covered in Year 1 (Level 4) and a further 8 modules in Year Two (Level 5), all valued at 15 credit points: Year 1

  • Reflective Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Skills for Academic Study
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Managing a Positive Learning Environment
  • Supporting English and Mathematics
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning
Year 2
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
  • Reflection and Evaluation
  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities
  • Introduction to Action Research
  • Wider Environment in Education
  • Personalised Learning Support
  • Action Research Project
* Introduction to Learning Theory

Assessment method

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are adopted throughout the programme to accommodate learning styles and to address the learning outcomes.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Hold a full and relevant Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning or equivalent level 3 qualification with a minimum of one year experience (at least ten hours per week for an academic year) in a learning support role. Have the competency in English as required by the University of Surrey and can produce evidence of DBS clearance. Employed and/or in a voluntary placement as a learning support practitioner in primary, secondary, further education or a specialist school for a minimum of 15 hours per week concurrent with course attendance. Head Teacher/ Principal/ Employer letter to clarify employment/placement hours (15 per week minimum), access to institutional policies, support from a suitable work-based Mentor and appropriate Maths, English and ICT skills to support learning.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Channel Islands £6000 Year 1
EU £6000 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Learning Support at University Centre Farnborough - UCAS