Level 5 Foundation Degree for Teaching and Learning Support

Level 5 Foundation Degree for Teaching and Learning Support

Higher Education Location: Brockenhurst
Type: Part Time
Awarding Body: University of Chichester
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Course Details

The Foundation Degree for Teaching and Learning Support is delivered at Brockenhurst College in collaboration with the University of Chichester

The course is designed for people who are currently working as a classroom assistant, teaching assistant, learning support assistant or voluntary helper in a school, nursery or similar setting. It may be a local authority (or maintained) school, an academy, special school or private school.

The programme has been devised and written in partnership with colleagues currently working in schools. You will study the curriculum; how children develop and learn, and special educational needs and disability. For example, you may look at how children develop as writers, how the curriculum is designed to enable this process and the role of Teaching and Learning support in their development. Throughout the course you will analyse and critically evaluate your role in the classroom linking this to your practice.

If you want to apply you will need to inform your workplace as they will be asked to provide a reference. While you are on the course, you will be asked to carry out tasks with the children for which you need the permission and support of the workplace.

Course Structure & Teaching Methods

You will have two taught sessions every Monday and complete 4 modules per year. Each module is formally assessed using a 2,500 word essay or equivalent.

You will be taught through lectures, discussion, presentations, workshops and seminars. You will be expected to read extensively, use materials available on the Virtual Learning Environment, and do independent research. You may wish to supplement reading material in the Learning Resource Centre by purchasing texts up to £100 a year.

Year 1- total: 75 credits
Study Skills 15 credits
Inclusion, Equality and Diversity 30 credits
Creativity 15 credits
Understanding Child Development 15 credits

Year 2 – total: 90 credits
Supporting Learning in Literacy and Mathematics 30 crdits
Curriculum Matters 15 credits
Children, Young People, Society and Education 30 credits
Assessment and Observation 15 credits

Year 3 – total:75 credits
Developing Learning in Literacy and Mathematics
Behaviour for Learning 15 credits
Working in Partnership to promote achievement and well being 15 credits
Independent Study 15 credits


You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essay, portfolio, display, case study, presentation and exam.

Information & Support

You will need:

  • The support of your employer
  • To be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
  • To hold or obtain a satisfactory enhanced DBS check

Progression Opportunities

You need a degree, BA or BSC to become a teacher. You can ‘top up’ your FdA TLS with another course at level 6. Chichester, for example, offer a number of progression routes, taking one or two years, including an option for those interested in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You do not need to make a decision about progression at this stage but need to be aware of minimum entry requirements to teacher training for the age group or type of educational setting you plan to work in.

Available Dates and Locations

Please contact us to register your interest for the next available start date.

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