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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

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About Educational Support at Nottingham Trent University

Develop your professional knowledge and skills and boost your career with this part-time Educational Support degree. Ideal if you are already employed in a role in educational support, this course will explore current education and social issues affecting support for children and adults.

This two year, part-time foundation degree is designed to support, develop and extend your academic learning as a foundation for professional development. You will undertake small tasks and projects within your own working environment to support module sessions and assignments.

It is ideal for a range of practitioners including:

  • teaching and learning support assistants
  • learning mentors
  • extended school activity workers
  • subject technicians
  • support workers in alternative education settings.

It may also be of interest if you are employed in a wider learning support role.

Why choose this course?

You will benefit from:

  • studying in the evening to fit around your work and commitments
  • expanding your knowledge and skills to enhance your educational support practice
  • extending your transferable skills to support your career development
  • progression options to an undergraduate degree or teacher-training.

How you're taught

The course is studied as a mixture of class sessions and work-based activity. Most class sessions run from 4.45 pm to 9 pm every other week, supported by two hours of tutorials and module study skills support on the alternate weeks. You will therefore average three hours attendance a week over the academic year.

You will learn through a range of teaching methods, encouraging you to critically reflect and discuss theory, and its relationship to your own working life and educational setting.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • small-group work
  • practice-based activities
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • visiting speakers
  • independent work-based tasks
  • tutorials.

Studying away from the University campus is made easy with NOW – the NTU Online Workspace. It offers you course and module information, the ability to upload assessments and receive feedback, as well as store personal files. NOW can be used anywhere that you have an internet connection.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be on independent work you have done both for modules and in preparation for assignments. These may include:

  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays
  • communication skills qualification and reflection
  • portfolios
  • independent study projects.


You are expected to be in employed in an educational support role and therefore no placements are required.

You will undertake small tasks and projects within your own working environment to support module sessions and assignments.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (83%) and practical (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (5%), independent study (39%) and placements (56%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (5%), independent study (39%) and placements (56%)

Careers and employability

This course is designed to support, develop and extend the academic learning of practitioners working in an educational support role in education and community settings. It offers a foundation for professional development.

If you wish to progress to graduate status, you can advance to the BA (Hons) Education course.

Links with industry

We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways.

  • We consult with employers when we design and update our courses.
  • We ensure you are prepared to meet the demands of the workplace by continually checking the currency and validity of our courses with employers.
  • Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.

See where this degree could take you with our Careers Brochure.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

You will need:

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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