University of South Wales

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

Learning Support for Further Adult and Vocational Education

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Course summary

This course provides a recognised professional and academic qualification for a career within Learning Support across the Further, Adult and Vocational Education (FAVE) sector. This course has been developed to respond to the statutory requirements within the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Transformation Bill to recognise and qualify the learning support workforce across the FAVE sector. The course will prepare and develop your knowledge, skills and confidence as a learning support professional within the FAVE sector. You will learn how to better support your learners, through research and practice-informed tuition and support, and work with your peers across the FAVE sector (as well as professionals within both Learning Support and Teacher Education) to become an adaptive and resilient practitioner through the development of professional values and behaviours that have the learner at their core. The course builds on the long-established tradition of expertise and practice in post-compulsory teacher education in Newport, situated in the heart of the community and responsive to the professional and employment needs of the local community and the wider region. The course provides a professional, employment-focused learning experience for students. For entry to the full-time pathway, successful applicants must hold a learning support qualification such as Maximising Practice of Teaching Assistants (MPTA), or equivalent. For entry to the part-time pathway, successful applicants will need to be employed within a learning support context in a FE setting.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

An enhanced DBS check and registration with the Update Service is required.


We interview all suitable applicants. At the interview, you will be asked to do a 5-minute presentation telling us how your experience and qualifications suit you to become a Learning Support professional in the FAVE sector. After your presentation, you will have an informal interview with one of the course team, where we will ask you further questions about your presentation, including your ideas for learning and teaching the range of learners in the FAVE sector. We assess oral communication and interpersonal skills as an integral part of the interview process. Applicants are also asked to bring an example of assessed academic/formal writing wherever possible, so that we can ensure the course is right for them.


For entry to the full-time pathway, successful applicants must hold a learning support qualification such as Maximising Practice of Teaching Assistants (MPTA), or equivalent.

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Learning Support for Further Adult and Vocational Education at University of South Wales - UCAS