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Year of Entry 2021/22

Education and Learning Support

Gain the skills and knowledge to progress to more senior roles in work with children and young people.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? U97B
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to assist children and young people to reach their full potential.
  • Study for a full-time degree while working.
  • Develop your knowledge of theory, research and policy in education.

If you work alongside teachers in a support role, in an educational setting for children or young people, this course will develop your skills. It provides you with a foundation to progress to qualified teacher status (QTS). You also receive careers advice to help you access routes into teaching after completing the course.

Watch student Tracey Padley talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Lindy Nahmad-Williams talk about this course.

This course is suitable for professionals working alongside teachers in a support role, who are leading on key policies in a school or college setting. It has been designed to help improve the children and young people's workforce, meaning outcomes for children, families and communities also improve.

You must be working or in a long term voluntary position in a relevant children and young people's setting during the course, as the emphasis is on work-based learning.

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Rawding
Sarah Rawding
Senior Lecturer In Early Years

My main teaching interests are focused on the holistic development of children within the early years and supporting practitioners to become confident and reflective … Read more

Applied learning

Taught sessions take place on one afternoon or evening a week, with directed tasks in between for you to complete at work. There are occasional Saturday sessions.

You learn through

  • work-based learning
  • lectures and seminars
  • self-directed study
  • tutorials and workshops
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Future careers

After completing this degree you can progress to the BA (Hons) Education and Learning Support (top-up), or apply for a two-year top-up course to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course prepares you for a career in

  • learning support
  • special educational needs
  • teaching

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National or CACHE qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels and EPQ.
  • You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

We may accept GCSE equivalents

All applicants must have at least one years full time equivalent experience working in the sector and level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy

Where applicants can demonstrate substantial experience in the sector we may accept a lower level of achievement at level 3.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Children's Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Health And Well Being Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Roles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Reflective Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Teaching And Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: The Contemporary Curriculum Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Issues Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enabling Environments Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Inclusive Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Safeguarding Children And Young People Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Working In Teams Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Working With Families And Communities Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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