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Teaching Social Work

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What's Involved

This course is suitable for you if you are an experienced teaching assistant who wishes to enhance their knowledge at a higher education level. It is aimed at primary and special school teaching assistants. This specialist course is validated by The Open University.

You will study how children learn and you will develop your knowledge about behaviour management and inclusion. You will learn about a variety of curriculum subjects including mathematics, science, design and technology, ICT and literacy. You will learn about research methodology and carry out an individual creative project in your workplace. In addition, the assessment of children's learning and further educational issues will be studied. This classroom based full time degree runs for 2 years.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS points*;
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications;
  • You'll provide a supporting letter;
  • You'll be working at least 10 hours as a TA with at least one year’s experience in a primary school (for at least 6 hours a week).

Prospective students over the age of 21 years without formal qualifications should contact the college in the first instance to discuss your options.

*new UCAS tariff from September 2017.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via: Our institution code is H14 and the course code is X190.

Where will it take me?

Many students use this Foundation Degree as a route into teaching. The programme gives you 240 credits and you may progress to the BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Practice. You may then wish to go onto a primary PGCE.

Typically, you will work in a school as a teaching assistant. You may wish to use the course as a chance to carry on working as a teaching assistant while you study and you may wish to go into teaching later.

Course Assessment Method

You will complete 2 assignments each term. There are no exams. The course lasts for two years and in total you will be assessed in 12 modules.

How to apply?

Applications direct to UCAS for further assistance contact Admissions.

Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
Where a class needs to close you will be informed as soon as possible and the College will endeavour to help you find alternative provision.

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