Improving Outcomes in Special and Inclusive Education

Short Courses and CPD School of Education

A one-year online course for working Teaching and Special Needs Assistants wishing to improve their career prospects by gaining undergraduate-level training in the field of SEND.

Improving Outcomes in Special and Inclusive Education

This course is now closed


Part-time over two university terms.

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

Certificate of Lifelong Learning


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change.


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On our Improving Outcomes in Special and Inclusive Education (Certificate of Lifelong Learning), our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;

  • Providing ambitious Teaching and Special Needs Assistants a career boost by gaining university-level training to work with SEND children. 
  • Understanding the role of Teaching Assistants.
  • Understanding how to run interventions for students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. 

These three strands will ensure that you are ready for the practical realities of working within the education sector. 

How you'll learn

The programme runs over two terms. Students succesfully completing it will be awarded a Certificate in Lifelong Learning. It consists of two modules, each bearing 20 undergraduate credits, which will be assessed by criteria that reflect students' current job roles – for example it might involve evaluating an intervention, making a resource for a student or reflecting on the different techniques for providing support in the classroom.

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Career options

Those completing this Certificate of Lifelong Learning will gain skills to enhance their job prospects. It's also excellent preparation for those seeking to train as a teacher by progressing onto a degree course and PGCE. 

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Application Info

How to apply

Applications for our Certificate of Lifetime Learning courses can be made via the online application form.  Please sign up to create an account, then find your course on the alphabetical drop-down menu.

If you have any queries please email

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£3,255 £4,935

Details of the government's Higher Education Short Course Loans for UK students can be found here.

You must be currently working as a Teaching Assistant in a school, FE college or in an early years or other specialist setting.

You will need GCSE in English and mathematics at grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

You will need IT facilities at home to support remote study and access to Teams/Zoom meetings via video and audio.

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