FdA Learning and TeachingL590

    Course Overview

    Duration: 2 years full time or 4 years part time.
  • Our Learning and Teaching foundation degree is the perfect environment for those wanting to combine study with work-based learning. As part of the course, you’ll be working or volunteering within learning support, inclusive education and special educational needs (SEN) settings. Students can choose to study on a full or part-time basis (up to four years).

    Throughout your studies, your knowledge and understanding of the work you do will grow, as you explore new avenues and perspectives on learning support. Your work-based learning will make up one third of your qualification, giving you ample opportunity to put new ideas into practice with the support of your course leaders.

    Following completion of this two-year course, you’ll have the option of taking a top-up year to gain your honours degree. After gaining honours, routes into teaching such as School Direct or PGCE are available.

    Learning and Teaching FdA students get to share experiences with like-minded professionals on their course, while studying the ethical, social and economic factors which affect learning support roles. These study groups offer a unique insight into other roles in learning support, and encourage critical analysis of current best practice and your own approaches.

    Specialist subjects on the course will include development through the life course, safeguarding, welfare policy, and how to support children with dyslexia or a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.

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You will take six modules each year:

1st Year
  • Bio-psycho-social development in children and young people
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Reflective and professional practice 1
  • Engaging with learning
  • Learning and teaching
  • Policy and practice
2nd Year
  • Global childhoods
  • Creative pedagogies
  • Reflective and professional practice 2
  • Diversity in learning
  • Research in practice
  • Reflective and professional practice 3

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

This foundation degree is a great stepping stone for those already working as a teaching assistant who would like to further their career within education. It will give you a broad base of knowledge and understanding which will help you to further your career in many different areas of work, for example as a specialist learning support worker, or SEN teacher.  Those successfully completing the Foundation Degree can apply to progress directly on to a top up honours year and from there on to on a postgraduate teaching qualification with qualified teacher status.

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Course Leader

The Learning and Teaching FdA course is led by a multidisciplinary group of professionals, all active within the sector and possessing decades of experience. This enthusiastic, expert guidance puts students in a fantastic position to further their skills and increase their employability.


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    This is a 2-year course. The first year begins with a 2-day induction. You’ll then attend university each fortnight (currently on Fridays) for a full day of teaching.  This amounts to around 23 teaching days in the academic year from September through to May. You will also need to study at home, using the internet to access course materials.

    In addition to the taught part of the course, you will be involved in work-based learning modules throughout the 2 years; these enable you to make ‘practice’ links with the ideas explored in taught modules. You’ll attend work-based learning workshops which take place at university (typically 3 days per year) and produce written assignments showing how theory gives you insights into practice. Your workplace will need to support you in terms of allowing you to attend the course and by providing a ‘supervisor’ (usually someone with a degree or professional qualification) who will meet with you for an hour every 2/3 weeks - during which time you’ll explore how your learning relates to practice at work.