Improving Outcomes in Special and Inclusive Education

Certificate of Lifelong Learning 

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.

Start Date:

September 2022

Degree Type:

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.

Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day

Saturday 9 July 2022

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 their tuition fees.

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.


Course subject to validation

Autumn Term

The Role of the Teaching Assistant: Professional Competencies and Skills

Spring Term

Running Interventions for Students with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities

Additional modules for students wishing to gain the 80-credit Advanced Certificate of Lifetime Learning

Supporting Learning in the Classroom

Working as Part of the Wider Multi-Disciplinary Team:staff, parents, Psychologists, specialist teachers and therapists

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

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£3,083 £4,683 n/a

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

Career Options

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

Our Certificate for Lifetime Learning courses are launching this month (June), and we expect to be fully open for applications by 21 June at the latest.  Please check back to this tab around that date if you wish to start an application.

If in the meantime you would like us to alert you once applications open, please send an email with your contact details to

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Need help before you apply?

Doing all we can to support our students' lives at Roehampton 

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options. 

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.