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Foundation Degree (FdEd), Level 4 / 5

Learning Support

This 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 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.

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.

This programme offers a range of progression routes. After completion of the Foundation Degree, you may progress, subject to a selection process, to the final stage of the degree in Education at the University of Hull:

  • BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching – Primary Education with QTS
  • BA (Hons) Education and Learning
  • BA (Hons) 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
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Speech and Language Therapist

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.

There are no qualification requirements for this course, however 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 a manager or headteacher
  • Agreement from a senior colleague or experienced professional to be a mentor

Selby College has a dedicated HE area, 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.

Where can it lead?