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.
Degree Type: 40 credits at level 4
Certificate of Lifelong Learning
Part-time over two university terms.
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.
Why this course
Roehampton is the only university in London appointed by the government to provide the Certificate of Lifelong Learning in Education.
For the past three years Roehampton has been ranked either top or second in London for Education by The Complete University Guide.
All students on this course will qualify for a loan from the Department for Education to cover tuition fees.
Course and Module Details
This qualification, new for 2022, is designed to give ambitious Teaching and Special Needs Assistants a career boost by gaining university-level training in working with SEND children. The teaching is delivered 100% online on one or two evenings a week, although students living locally to Roehampton will be welcome to use our library for private study. Importantly, all UK students offered a place will be eligible for a DfE short course loan to cover tuition fees. Bursaries are also available to help students whose financial circumstances represent a barrier to study (see the Bursaries tab, left).
The programme runs over two terms. Students successfully completing it will be awarded a Certificate of 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.
Students wishing to continue studying to a higher level can take two further modules - part-time over four terms - to gain the Advanced Certificate of Lifelong Learning which carries a total 80 undergraduate credits, and can also be funded via a DfE loan if required.
NB: The course is open to all Teaching and Special Needs Assistants, even if you already have a degree. Graduates with UK fee status are also eligible for the DfE loans.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2023 entry tuition fees
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Details of the government's Higher Education Short Course Loans for UK students can be found here.
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.
The skills and knowledge gained by this programme will enhance a TA's job prospects. It's also excellent preparation for those seeking to train as a teacher by progressing onto a degree course and PGCE.
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.
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Who Teaches the course?
Dr Sarah O' Flynn
I am Deputy Dean in the School of Education. Before entering academic I worked for many years in schools, initially as an English and Drama teacher, Head of English; Head of Learning Support and SENCO.Read More
Dr Sarah O' Flynn
I was Deputy Head teacher in a Pupil Referral Unit for a number of years. I have also worked for Local Authorities as Head of Traveller Education and then Deputy Head of Inclusion Services. At Roehampton, I have delivered courses principally on Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice, both at BA and MA level programmes. I am very interested in how education can better engage, motivate and support learners, particularly those at risk of exclusion and those with learning difficulties. Teaching Assistants are crucial to this process. I think it is time the role of Teaching Assistant was professionalised through university qualifications at level 4 and 5 at least and hope very much that this would lead to more pay for Teaching Assistants. I look forward to working with any Teaching Assistant who is eager to improve their qualifications in supporting learning or improving outcomes for pupils with Special Educational Needs within the context of inclusive practice.
Dr Liliana (Donchik) Belkin
I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. Before entering academia, I worked for many years in schools in the USA, initially as a Special Education teacher working with students with ‘mild to moderate’ disabilities, including dyslexia, TBI, students with SEMH in alternative secondary school settings.Read More
Dr Liliana (Donchik) Belkin
Later I pursued an MA in Special Education and teaching certifications that qualified me to teach students with ASD and students with ‘moderate to severe’ learning disabilities in inclusion programmes in secondary schools. As I worked in US state school systems, I carried out provision management, annual reviews, coordination of services and assessments, working closely with caregivers, transition planning and supporting class teachers. To develop my research skills, I worked as a research assistant for a university research centre conducting research projects within school settings to support inclusion and address issues of racial and gender disproportionality in SEND. Later, I took on a leadership role supporting school heads and teachers to support underrepresented students in higher education in a unique hybrid secondary and undergraduate school model ( 9 schools in total) in the NYC public school system.
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