Supporting Successful Learning

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 education practice.

Supporting Successful Learning

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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Our priority is ensuring that you leave with a valuable 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 support learning in the classroom.

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

All UK students offered a place will be eligible for a DfE short course loan to cover their tuition fees.

Study Support Bursaries (SBB) are available for students whose circumstances present a barrier to study. If you wish to apply for this funding you will be asked to complete a bursary application form to assess your eligibility when you accept the place. SBB payments can be made for the following purposes:

  • Study support costs such as books, course material, trips not included in course fees.
  • Equipment not included in the course fees. 
  • Childcare for students with parental responsibilities who are at risk of not starting or continuing learning because of childcare costs.
  • Learning and learner support for disabled students. 
  • Emergency support funds for students (which can only be provided in exceptional circumstances).
  • If the course necessitates a student being present for face to face activities (for example, to attend a clinical setting) and they are unable to reasonably access the activity by transport, temporary residential costs may be permitted.

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 a Certificate of Lifelong Learning in Supporting Successful 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

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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