Overview

If you’re ready to take your teaching career to the next level, we’ve got the perfect qualification to put you on the right track.

This Foundation degree (FdA) in Learning Support is for current and aspiring teaching assistants who want to get professional recognition with a university-level qualification.

We know you’re busy in the classroom, so we’ve made it simple to complete your studies alongside your job by studying at a college near you. 

After the course, you'll be more effective in your current role. You could also go on to do a Bachelor's degree such as our BA (Hons) Education Studies or use your Foundation degree do courses that lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

Location

You can study at one of our partner colleges: Alton College (part time only), Chichester College (part time only), Eastleigh College (full time only), Isle of Wight College and St Vincent College (part time only). While studying at our partner colleges, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

What you'll experience

On this Learning Support course, you’ll:

  • Study alongside your existing learning support role, whether you’re in a general or special educational needs setting, in a school, college or other educational institution
  • Be taught by staff with heaps of experience, using dynamic and relevant teaching methods to help you get the most out of your studies
  • Learn in supportive study groups, alongside other teaching assistants from different educational backgrounds
  • Discover practical ways to take the knowledge and skills you learn in our classroom back to yours
  • Study at one of our partner colleges: Alton College (part time only), Chichester College (part time only), Eastleigh College (full time only), Fareham College, Isle of Wight College and St Vincent College (part time only)

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

If you're studying this course full time, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits each year. If you're studying this course part time, you need to study modules worth a total of 80 credits each year.

Core modules on the course include:

  • Educational Contexts
  • How Learning Develops
  • Learning in Groups
  • The Professional Role
  • Supporting Literacy
  • Supporting SEND
  • Theory and Practice of Assessment
  • Working in a Professional Team
  • Practitioner Based Enquiry Report
  • Supporting Learners with Social, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties
  • Supporting Numeracy

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • group activities
  • seminars
  • tutorials

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • reflective reports
  • research projects

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Learning Support FdA?

You could progress to a relevant Bachelor's degree, such as BA (Hons) Education Studies. You could also do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT) or the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), all of which can lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this FdA Learning Support course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

If you're studying this course full time, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits each year. If you're studying this course part time, you need to study modules worth a total of 80 credits each year.

Core modules on the course include:

  • Educational Contexts
  • How Learning Develops
  • Learning in Groups
  • The Professional Role
  • Supporting Literacy
  • Supporting SEND
  • Theory and Practice of Assessment
  • Working in a Professional Team
  • Practitioner Based Enquiry Report
  • Supporting Learners with Social, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties
  • Supporting Numeracy

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

FdA, FdA Award
September Start
Part-time, Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Applicants are to be working in either a voluntary or paid relevant educational setting for a minimum equivalence of one day a week. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics, Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy level 2 or GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent. All applicants will need to attend an interview. 

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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