Teaching and Learning Support - Foundation Degree (Subject to Validation)

Course Code: SM1HE107

UCAS Code: X990


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
24/01/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply
03/01/2023University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per year

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                             

Duration: 1 day a week
Day/s of week: Wednesday
Time: 09:15am - 5.15pm
Indicative Delivery: 100% On-site at the University Centre Campus

Fast-track your career within the teaching and learning sector by studying the Foundation Degree Teaching and Learning Support. 

Whether you’re new to this sector or you’ve already embarked on your chosen career path, this two-year degree course develops the skills and qualities needed to progress into roles such as School Support Worker, Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor, Pastoral Officer and Family Support Worker.

The programme is unique in the following ways: 

  • there is a strong focus on industry-based learning (facilitated by our own extensive employer relationships) 
  • our experienced industry placement team will support you to find an appropriate and conveniently located placement 
  • we also support you to get to grips with the process of studying (through an Introduction to Academic Study module and our team of dedicated personal learning mentors).

Student satisfaction – as a result – is extremely high, with many students progressing to our one-year honours top-up programme.

The course is taught by industry specialist tutors, online and at our dedicated University Centre in Blackpool. We offer a safe and friendly learning environment, smaller classes and dedicated one-to-one support – particularly welcomed by those who haven’t studied in a while.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • MPP from Extended Diploma or MM from Diploma in relevant level 3 such as Teaching Assistant, Child Care Learning and Development, Children and Young People  
  • English Language grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2. If not achieved must work towards and achieve in first year of study
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Additional Requirements:

  • All applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer confirming proposed work experience 
  • If no Level 3, a minimum of a relevant Level 2 qualification such as Teaching Assistant, Child Care Learning and Development, Children and Young People's Workforce, achieved within the last two years
  • 12 months hands on experience in the workplace with service users (does not include administration)
  • You must hold a current DBS

A professional discussion may be required prior to offer if you do not meet the exact entry criteria

Qualification Obtained

FdA Teaching and Learning Support

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Assessment Design and PlanningSM4MD14420Mandatory
Support Strategies in PracticeSM4MD14520Mandatory
Reflective PracticeSM4MD14620Mandatory
Supporting Educational ProfessionalsSM4MD14820Mandatory
English and MathematicsSM4MD14920Mandatory
Assessment Design and PlanningSM4MD12620Mandatory
Support Strategies in PracticeSM4MD12820Mandatory
Supporting Educational ProfessionalsSM4MD12920Mandatory
Reflective PracticeSM4MD13020Mandatory
English and MathematicsSM4MD13120Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study ShacSM4MD15120Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Work Based Research ProjectSM5MD20320Mandatory
Innovation and CreativitySM5MD20420Mandatory
Managing BehaviourSM5MD20520Mandatory
Pastoral CareSM5MD20720Mandatory
Technology in EducationSM5MD20820Mandatory
Work Based Research ProjectSM5MD17820Mandatory
Managing BehaviourSM5MD17920Mandatory
Innovation and CreativitySM5MD18120Mandatory
Pastoral CareSM5MD18220Mandatory
Technology in EducationSM5MD18320Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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