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Teaching is a rewarding lifelong career where no two days are the same. If you are currently working as a teaching assistant (or in another educational setting with children) and wish to work towards a professional qualification or are looking to move into a career in education, this course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise you need for working with pupils, other adults and teachers.

About the course

Designed specifically to suit your existing work commitments, thi course builds on the experience you have already gained in the classroom to combine academic theory and understanding of best practice.

It can provide a route to a teaching qualification – on completion you have the opportunity to join the BA Applied Education Studies course, after which you may choose to progress to Primary PGCE/Schools Direct/ SCITT programmes to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

During this course, you will learn about the role of the teaching assistant and how to support the development of literacy and numeracy; manage behaviour; and investigate SEN, disabilities and inclusion; which will enable you to develop the skills needed to study in higher education.

This course aims to equip learners with the skills needed to support learning, to develop the ability to reflect on their own practice and enable them to relate their work in learning support to the wider educational context. This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire and is suitable for candiates who are working in a learning support role who may like to work towards the BA (Hons) in Educational Practice.

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    The assessments are closely aligned to the course learning outcomes and can include written assignments, presentations, research projects and reflective journals.

    Your tutor will be on-hand to support you throughout your course to develop your skills, prepare you for your next steps and help you to achieve your goals.

    Your study programme incorporates valuable additions to help you succeed, which include: regular one-to-ones with highly qualified and experienced professionals who will help you to manage your workload and give you valuable feedback; and dedicated careers advisors who can provide you with a wide range of support like CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more.

Areas of study

Your areas of study may include: 

  • Introduction to HE Studies
  • Developing Learning
  • Supporting Literacy and Mathematical Development
  • Inclusive Practice, English: Theory and Practice
  • Reflections on Practice
  • Supporting Discovery Learning
  • Supporting Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent. Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working. As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies. Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications. We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of this course you will have enhanced your knowledge of education to help develop your current career or move into a teaching-related role. You can also progress on to a third year top-up degree, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire or any participating universities, to achieve an Applied Education Studies BA (Hons) Degree after which you may choose to progress to Primary PGCE/Schools Direct/ SCITT programmes to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Additional information

Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to your place of study and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish, which we will discuss with you at interview. We may also request contributions are made to trips and outings.