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Foundation Degree (FdEd) Learning Support

Level: 4/5
Duration: 2 years (full-time); 3 years (part-time)
Awarded by: University of Hull
2020-21 Fees: £7320 (full-time); £4904 (part-time)

About this course

The programme leads to a Foundation Degree (FdEd) in Learning Support, validated by the University of Hull. The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in a learning support environment within primary or secondary education, or other appropriate learning environment. It aims to develop your abilities and extend the range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for this field. This programme offers a range of progression routes (with further study) including Primary Teaching. This programme is currently available to UK and EU applicants only.

Why study this course?

This full-time course is run over a two year period and the part-time course is run over a three year period, based on a student attending evening sessions. The programme teaches theory related to pedagogy in the context of the learning support worker, which can enhance how practitioners understand their role in relation to the wider teaching and learning environment. It is designed to aid progression in careers within the field of learning support but can also be a stepping stone to further study.

What will I study?

Students complete the Certificate Stage in Year 1 and the Diploma Stage in Year 2.

Certificate stage modules currently include*:

  • Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Supporting and Enhancing Learning
  • Social Contexts of Learning
  • Digital Technologies for Learning
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Working with Professionals and Families

Diploma Stage modules currently include*:

  • Understanding Teaching and Learning
  • Research Methods
  • Safeguarding
  • Project Module
  • Policy and Practice

*Modules may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements.

Assessments for the course may take a variety of forms, from practical tasks, group work and presentations to formal, written assignments and reports.

Facilities and Equipment

Selby College has a dedicated HE room, extensive IT facilities and a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre with relevant texts, journals and e-resources which can be accessed on site and remotely.

What can I do after the course?

After completion of the Foundation Degree in Learning Support, you may progress, subject to a selection process, to the final stage of the degree in Education at the University of Hull:

  • The BA (Honours) Degree in Learning and Teaching – Primary Education with QTS
  • BA (Honours) Degree in Education and Learning
  • The BA (Honours) Early Childhood Education and Care

A range of job roles are possible after successful completion of the Foundation Degree/Top Up Degree including: Learning Support Practitioner, Learning Mentor, Primary School Teacher, Youth Worker. With further specialist study, other job opportunities may include: Community Development Worker, Counsellor, Educational Psychologist, Paediatric Nurse or Speech and Language Therapist. 

Who is this course aimed at?

The programme is targeted at those currently working as a teaching assistant who wish to improve their understanding of the role. There is a requirement of work for at least one day per week in a learning support role, however, this can be voluntary. It will appeal to those seeking to progress their careers as a teaching assistant or teacher. This programme will appeal to those who wish to complete their studies in an inclusive setting which is accessible, has well established employer links, and can provide a highly supportive teaching and learning environment.  

Entry Requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Candidates must be working, paid or voluntary, at least one day per week in a relevant setting and role.

The following are also required:

  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (a signed statement from the employer is required to validate this)
  • Two satisfactory references
  • A letter of support from their manager or headteacher
  • Agreement from a senior colleague or experienced professional to be a mentor.

How do I  find out more?

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the College by downloading an application pack from the HE Homepage; for full-time courses, you can apply through UCAS (Course Code W4M6).

Tuition Fee loans are available from the Student Loan Company for  most students - see www.slc.co.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/student-finance for more details.

For more information about the course, Higher Education fees/funding and the application process, please contact Selby College Higher Education Office on 01757 211114 or email highereducation@selby.ac.uk.

Level: 4/5
Duration: 2 years (full-time); 3 years (part-time)
Awarded by: University of Hull
2020-21 Fees: £7320 (full-time); £4904 (part-time)

Apply now: part-time

Apply now: UCAS (full-time)

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