Develop your professional knowledge and skills and boost your career with this part-time Educational Support degree. Ideal if you are already employed in a role in educational support, this course will explore current education and social issues affecting support for children and adults.
This two year, part-time foundation degree is designed to support, develop and extend your academic learning as a foundation for professional development. You will undertake small tasks and projects within your own working environment to support module sessions and assignments.
It is ideal for a range of practitioners including:
- teaching and learning support assistants
- learning mentors
- extended school activity workers
- subject technicians
- support workers in alternative education settings.
It may also be of interest if you are employed in a wider learning support role.
Why choose this course?
You will benefit from:
- studying in the evening to fit around your work and commitments
- expanding your knowledge and skills to enhance your educational support practice
- extending your transferable skills to support your career development
- progression options to an undergraduate degree or teacher-training.
How you're taught
The course is studied as a mixture of class sessions and work-based activity. Most class sessions run from 4.45 pm to 9 pm every other week, supported by two hours of tutorials and module study skills support on the alternate weeks. You will therefore average three hours attendance a week over the academic year.
You will learn through a range of teaching methods, encouraging you to critically reflect and discuss theory, and its relationship to your own working life and educational setting.
Learning and teaching methods include:
- small-group work
- practice-based activities
- visiting speakers
- independent work-based tasks
Studying away from the University campus is made easy with NOW – the NTU Online Workspace. It offers you course and module information, the ability to upload assessments and receive feedback, as well as store personal files. NOW can be used anywhere that you have an internet connection.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be on independent work you have done both for modules and in preparation for assignments. These may include:
- communication skills qualification and reflection
- independent study projects.
You are expected to be in employed in an educational support role and therefore no placements are required.
You will undertake small tasks and projects within your own working environment to support module sessions and assignments.
- Year 1 coursework (83%) and practical (17%)
- Year 2 coursework (100%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (5%), independent study (39%) and placements (56%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (5%), independent study (39%) and placements (56%)
Careers and employability
This course is designed to support, develop and extend the academic learning of practitioners working in an educational support role in education and community settings. It offers a foundation for professional development.
If you wish to progress to graduate status, you can advance to the BA (Hons) Education course.
Links with industry
We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways.
- We consult with employers when we design and update our courses.
- We ensure you are prepared to meet the demands of the workplace by continually checking the currency and validity of our courses with employers.
- Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.
See where this degree could take you with our Careers Brochure.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.