• LevelLevel 5
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


The course aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding about learning and teaching in a diverse range of educational contexts, including Primary, Secondary and Special Education provision. As a result, the focus is on your practice, with a work-based portfolio, Professional Practice in Education, where you are supported and encouraged to be critically reflective practitioners.

In addition, there are assignments and projects (such as those contained in the modules Additional Needs and Inclusion and the Core Curriculum, which aim to demonstrate and build on your knowledge and experience in this field. It is expected that as full-time students you will attend college for 16 hours per week for 30 weeks with additional time in placement and in directed study equating to 21 hours. Part-time students follow an equivalent study pattern over an extended academic year of 40 weeks.

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Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Year one includes:

• Theory and Practice

• Core Curriculum

• Safeguarding and Policy

• Professional Practice in Education

Year two includes:

• Additional Needs and Inclusion

• Foundation Curriculum

• Research Education

• Professional Practice in Education

Learning is face to face.

Entry requirements

• You must be 18 years or over by 31 December in your first year of study.
• You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject (including a relevent T Level qualification).
• You must commit to gaining experience working in a school sector 4-19 and have access to 150 hours (as a minimum) working in an school setting (paid or voluntary work).
• You must also have a commitment to continuing professional development within in the school sector.
• You must have some experience working in a school sector 4-19 and whilst on the course you are expected to spend a minimum of 150 hours as a Teaching Assistant within an Educational setting.
• It is requirement of the course to complete the 150 hours in placement by the end of the year.
• You will also have to attend an interview prior to joining the programme and complete a written answer of 300 words outlining why you want to study on the degree programme and complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check).

Assessment is by a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.

Successful students may choose to progress to the BA (Hons) (Top-up) Teaching & Learning Support, a one year top up programme also delivered at the College, to gain a full Honours Degree award.

Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £6,900 per year.

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If you would like to study a higher education course, financial support is available. Please click here for more information and see what support you could receive.

Please apply through UCAS for this course. Our team will make contact with you for further details to arrange an interview. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place via UCAS.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply directly to us then please press the apply now button at the top of this webpage. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place on the programme and upload your application to UCAS for you.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. As well as being just a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from a bursary that can help with the costs of travel.


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