Foundation Degree in Learning Support

The Foundation Degree in Learning Support is a vocational programme designed for individuals who work alongside teachers in an educational setting.

The programme allows participants to obtain a degree-level qualification validated by the University of Hull whilst continuing their valuable work in a practical learning environment.

This is a part-time course – one evening per week over 3 years.

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This programme aims to enhance your knowledge, understanding, and skills in learning support. It provides a higher qualification that boosts your employability and enhances you professionally, personally, and academically.

The course focuses on pedagogical theory in the context of the learning support worker, helping practitioners better understand their role within the wider teaching and learning environment. It is designed to help advance careers in learning support and can also serve as a stepping-stone towards further study in teaching.

The course is delivered through face-to-face sessions and supported by online materials.

Assessment across the programme includes a variety of tasks such as essays, presentations, creating digital resources, case studies, and reports.

There are no examinations in the programme.

Year 1: All at Level 4Year 2:Year 3: All at Level 5
Study Skills for Higher EducationWorking with Professionals and Families – Level 4Inclusive Practice
Supporting and Enhancing LearningManaging Behaviour – Level 4Research Methods
Social Contexts of LearningCommunication, Language and Literacy – Level 5Project Module
Digital Technologies for LearningSafeguarding – Level 5Project Module

This is a well-established and popular course with a high achievement rate.

The teaching team offers all their students a high level of support and guidance.

Additionally, personalised support is available through our HE Achievement Coach, who specialises in helping students overcome academic challenges.

Our HE Achievement Coach, Beth Hall, provides a range of services for Higher Education learners on a one-to-one basis. This includes:

  • Academic/Study skills
  • Research
  • Assignment planning
  • Time management
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing
  • Academic writing feedback service
  • Pastoral guidance and referrals

You will need to have a current placement for 2 full days (or equivalent) per week for the three-years’ duration of the course. 

This can be paid or voluntary.

  • Evidence that you will be able to succeed in study at degree-level.
  • A basic level of IT skills.
  • Although we do not require maths, English language or science GCSEs for acceptance onto the Foundation Degree, you may need such qualifications if you wish to move into teaching after this programme.

Completing the Foundation Degree in Learning Support can improve job opportunities and serve as the first step towards obtaining a full honours degree through a top-up pathway.

Students have the option to progress onto the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Development at the University Centre Rotherham.

Alternatively, upon achieving the full Level 5 qualification, students can apply to Sheffield Hallam University for the top-up year, leading to the attainment of QTS at Level 6.

For more details please contact Sarah Lloyd

Call: 01709 722882

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