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Educational Support

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  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Two years part-time

FIND US ON

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.

What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

This course focuses on the practical and ethical issues of educational support enabling you to meet the needs of a wide range of learners in regular, inclusive, extended and alternative settings, using a common core set of professional skills.

In Year One you will study the contextual issues covering the educational support worker’s role. Year Two enables you to focus on key areas for educational support, whatever your individual role.

Each year you will also choose an optional module relating to either special educational needs or an independent study project focusing on a specific area of professional interest.

The foundation degree comprises of two 40-credit, core modules and two 20-credit, core modules in Year One.

In Year Two the course comprises of two 40-credit, core modules and one 20-credit core module and a choice of an option module (20 credits).

Across each academic year, you will also take one 40-credit module, covering reflective practice in your workplace. Support for this is provided through an introductory session, formative feedback from employers and tutorial sessions spread through the year, thus the more traditionally taught element of the course will cover 80 credits in total each year.

Learn from our experienced staff

Our tutors are all experienced professionals who contribute to research and development within their specialist fields. Their research and influence not only shapes new educational practice, but also feeds directly into our courses, keeping you at the forefront of policy and practice.

  • First year

    Current Education Issues: Educational Support Roles (40 credits, core)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • explore current education issues and relate them to your own role and that of others who provide educational support
    • reflect on a range of education issues that impact on learners’ achievement and their subsequent educational and social inclusion
    • explore the impact of national education initiatives on educational support workers’ roles and practice
    • reflect on your own values and experiences of current education initiatives.

    Educational Support: Reflection on Practice 1 (40 credits, core)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • explore roles, responsibilities and ethical issues of educational support
    • explore methods of reflecting on practice
    • reflect on the context of educational support practice provided by your own establishment
    • explore the impact that working contexts have on the provision of educational support, relating this to your own situation.
    • reflect on your own educational support practice
    • reflect on your own values and experiences of educational support practices.

    Effective Communication Skills (20 credits, core)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • explore different forms of communication and develop effective skills in at least one
    • reflect on the strengths and areas for development of own communication skills
    • understand what contributes to effective methods of communication and what may create barriers
    • identify a range of conditions and impairments in which communication difficulties may be a factor and problem solve solutions to overcome these.

    Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (20 credits, core)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • explore the label of special educational needs and key legislation affecting provision made for these learners.
    • focus on a range of conditions and impairments identified by the legislation.
    • consider  the educational issues raised for support requirements, access to curriculum and wider inclusive practice.

    *After successful completion of this level you would be able to exit with a Higher Certificate in Educational Support.

  • Second year

    Educational Support: Reflection on Practice 2 (40 credits, core)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • explore in depth your own roles and responsibilities when providing educational support in more than one context
    • develop a broader range of methods to use in reflecting on practice, utilising others’ perspectives
    • identify the wider ethical and safeguarding issues involved when providing educational support in a range of contexts
    • reflect more deeply on your own educational support practice, considering others’ views
    • reflect on your own ethical values of educational support practices.

    Supporting Learning and Teaching (40 credits, core)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • explore current learning and teaching issues and relate them to your own context and role
    • explore a range of learning styles and teaching strategies
    • reflect on learning and teaching issues that may impact on learners’ achievement
    • explore and reflect on national initiatives to support learning
    • use information about learning and teaching to develop own skills when providing educational support.

    Investigating Educational Support Practice (20 credits, core)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • explore a range of educational support roles and relate them to your own context and role
    • explore links between different agencies that provide support for learners
    • explore the role of parents / carers as partners in providing support for learning
    • reflect on the ways that different agencies can work together to provide holistic support for learners
    • explore and reflect on national initiatives for multi-agency support for learning
    • investigate educational support practice in an agency different to your own.

    Supporting Inclusion (20 credits, optional)

    This module will give you the opportunity to:

    • explore the strategies and solutions used to enable the social and educational inclusion of learners
    • consider popular strategies used in the UK and other countries, focusing on attitudes, communication strategies, peer support, learner centred planning, buddies, circle of friends / support, working with families, professional teamwork
    • review a range of practice in education settings, identifying strategies for educational support workers.

    *After successful completion of this level you will exit with a Foundation Degree in Educational Support.

    Across each academic year, the Educational Support: reflection on practice modules, cover reflective practice in your workplace. Support for this is provided through an introductory session, formative feedback from employers and tutorial sessions read throughout the year.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The course is studied as a mixture of class sessions and work-based activity.  Most class sessions run from 5.00-9.00pm every week, supported by 2 hours of tutorials and module study skills support on the alternate weeks. You will therefore average 3 ½ 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:

  • lectures
  • small-group work
  • practice-based activities
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • visiting speakers
  • independent work-based tasks
  • tutorials.

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:

  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays
  • communication skills qualification and reflection
  • portfolios
  • independent study projects.

Placements

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.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (83%) and practical (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

This is a part time two year course with approximate 4 hours per week spread from September to July.

There are no formal exams on this course

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.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • GCSEs – English and Maths at grade C
  • at least one year (or full-time equivalent) experience providing a relevant form of educational support (minimum of 15 hours per week)
  • full support from your manager, to allow you to undertake work-based activities
  • evidence of professional development and study, for example, local authority courses with university credits, A-levels, BTEC National Diploma, Edexcel NVQ Three, STAC.

Applications from candidates with a wide range of other qualifications and experiential learning will also be considered.

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Get in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need:

  • GCSEs – English and Maths at grade C
  • at least one year (or full-time equivalent) experience providing a relevant form of educational support (minimum of 15 hours per week)
  • full support from your manager, to allow you to undertake work-based activities
  • evidence of professional development and study, for example, local authority courses with university credits, A-levels, BTEC National Diploma, Edexcel NVQ Three, STAC.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

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Diversity of our students

We are committed to promoting a diverse and representative body of teacher trainees. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as male applicants, applicants from BME communities, mature applicants and those with disabilities.

Get in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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