• TEF Silver

    We have the TEF Silver Award in recognition of our high-quality teaching for higher education

  • 100%

    of our HNC / HND students progressed to employment or further study

    Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (HNC 19+ students)

  • Highly qualified and experienced staff

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year 4 Part-Time - Day Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

Are you a practitioner working within a school or college and looking for additional professional development? This course will provide the opportunity to develop your experience gained as a Teaching Assistant, Mentor or Early Years Practitioner and enhance your knowledge and skills within the teaching and learning environment. It will challenge you in both daily practice and theoretical understanding.

Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Learning Support, Education and Training, Mentoring or Early Years, GCSE Maths and English at grade C (4) or above or Level 2 equivalent and a successful DBS clearance.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 800.00 *subject to change You will need to provide your own stationery. You could purchase books from the recommended reading list, however, they are available to borrow from the college’s Learning Centre. You could have the opportunity for relevant trips though none are mandatory

You should be working or on a practical placement for the duration of the course in a school or college.

This Level 4 qualification aims to provide practitioners working within schools and colleges the opportunity for additional professional development. 

You will study five units including - Enabling individuals to learn, Understand how to support children and young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing, Working with others to support individuals with additional needs and disability in a sch


Our HE Academic Support Tutor can provide help with study skills, written English, academic writing, research skills, critical thinking and revision, assessment and examination skills.

What’s next?

You could progress to be a Higher Level Practitioner including Teaching Assistant or Early Years Practitioner, in addition to leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.

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Higher Education Teaching Professionals

Higher education teaching professionals deliver lectures and teach students to at least first degree level, undertake research and write journal articles and books in their chosen field of study.

Medium Salary

£ 51427

5995 people employed as Higher Education Teaching Professionals in the current year.

Further Education Teaching Professionals

Further education teaching professionals supervise and teach trade, technical, commercial, adult education, secondary and post-secondary courses to students beyond minimum school leaving age.

Medium Salary

£ 34962

4114 people employed as Further Education Teaching Professionals in the current year.

Secondary Education Teaching Professionals

Secondary (and middle school deemed secondary) education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction in one or more subjects, including physical education and diversionary activities, within a prescribed curriculum in a secondary or secondary/ middle school.

Medium Salary

£ 37326

12127 people employed as Secondary Education Teaching Professionals in the current year.

93.1%of our students progressed to further study, university of employment.

(*Based on 16-18 year olds destination data, 2019/20 academic year)

Why choose Sunderland College?

Consistently high achievement rates

Rated Good by Ofsted

*Ofsted June 2016

Excellent student support

Recognised regionally and nationally for our high-quality approach to careers education