Supporting Teaching and Learning

University of Greenwich

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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This programme has been designed for individuals who wish to work, or who are already employed, in the ‘paraprofessional’ areas in support of the learning and teaching of learners of all ages. This includes roles in the classroom such as learning support assistant, teaching assistant or related roles such as learning mentor. The qualification is awarded and quality assured by the University of Greenwich. The programme is a balance of theory and practical application and it provides a potential route to the final year/stage of a related BA (Honours) Degree, such as in Education Studies or Childhood Studies. Thereafter, graduates may be able to progress to teacher training leading to qualified teacher status. The programme will provide you with an introduction to the field of education studies through the presentation and discussion of general and current education topics and challenging subjects, foregrounding equity and diversity of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice. It will provide you with a broad overview of the education service and the particular features of the sector in which you currently work, or in which you may wish to work. It will provide contexts in which you will develop and apply critical reflection and self-awareness in relation to your own practice and the relationships with your peers. You will have the opportunity to enhance your personal and academic development, and you will develop the ability to work effectively by expanding your awareness, understanding and evaluation of core learning and self-management skills. Assessment is continuous, based on work-related assignments; there are no exams or timed assessments. With the exception of one unit in the first year (“Active Education: Personal & Academic Development”), all of the assessed assignments are directly related to pedagogy and therefore the programme has a high relevance to professional practice. You will develop academic skills such as writing for a range of different formal purposes, ranging from reflective accounts, essays, reports, research reports, research proposals and observation reports, through to individual and group presentations, team working, public speaking and project work. Subject to acceptance by the teaching university/college, you will be able to progress to the final stage/year of a related Degree programme, such as the BA (Hons) in Education Studies or the BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies at the University of Greenwich. Thereafter, you may be able to access the many options that exist to become teacher qualified in the primary or secondary sectors, such as PGCE, QTS, RTP and GTP. Other career options include family liaison, education management and social pedagogy.

Course details


All degree courses are made up of modules – individual units of study on different topics. Some modules are compulsory; others can be chosen from a list of options. Our website has full details of your degree structures, module content, and how each module is assessed. The direct link to this course on our website, can be found at the bottom of this page.

Assessment method

Assessment is continuous, based on work-related assignments. There are no exams or timed assessments. With the exception of one unit in the first year (Active Education: Personal & Academic Development), all of the assessed assignments are directly related to pedagogy and therefore the programme has a high relevance to professional practice. Assessment is through coursework assignments which vary from reflective accounts to more formal essays, reports and case studies that are all related to your own work practice. Assessment is based entirely on coursework and there will be the opportunity to work in collaboration with your fellow students on some assignments. Also, your assessments will all be related to your work practice and you will have many opportunities to learn from the experiences of your peers.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX390
Institution code G70
Campus nameUniversity Centre West Kent
Campus codeT

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
GCSE/National 4/National 5 All applicants will be expected to hold a Grade C/Grade 4 or above in both GCSE English and Maths (or an equivalent level 2 qualification).

• CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) at Grade D or above OR • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce at Grade D or above OR • An equivalent qualification in a relevant subject

Additional entry requirements


Applicants will be interviewed and asked to write a personal account of their learning history and why they wish to undertake the course. This task will be used in conjunction with the interview and application form to assess an applicant's aptitude for working in the education sector and their academic skills for study at this level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5900 Year 1
England £5900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5900 Year 1
Scotland £5900 Year 1
Wales £5900 Year 1
Channel Islands £5900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Standard fees for Home and EU students studying at Partner Colleges in the 2019-20 academic year. Please see our website for full information -
Supporting Teaching and Learning at University of Greenwich - UCAS