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Course summary

Encourage education and mould minds with our comprehensive degree course. Whether you’re currently employed or want to start your first learning support role, our foundation degree will prepare you to support the learning of 4-25 year olds. Explore teaching methods and supporting learning concepts as you carve a career in the classroom. Become a teaching assistant, study coach or progress mentor with our Supporting Teaching and Learning Foundation Degree. You will gain the academic knowledge, technical skills and practical experience demanded by industry employers. Develop autonomy and independent thinking as you explore multiple learning methods and formulate your own teaching style. As you progress through this course, you will develop your skills, knowledge and experience through engaging with a range of study modules. You will learn the concepts of supporting learning, as well as supporting technology enhanced learning. While improving your academic skills, you will complete subject-specific supporting learning modules. Work experience is essential to succeed in this sector so we embed placements in this programme. You will be expected to gain experience of working with children and young people as a part of the course. Please note students will need to hold a live enhanced DBS which may incur costs.


You will study 120 credits per year of the course. Modules may include: Year 1 (Level 4) Communication Language and Literacy (20 credits) Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People (20 credits) Skills for Academic Development (20 credits) Supporting Technology Enhanced Learning (20 credits) Concepts of Supporting Learning (20 credits) Inclusive Practices (20 credits) Year 2 (Level 5) Working in Collaborative Practice (20 credits) Supporting Mathematics (20 credits) Supporting Science (20 credits) Contemporary Educational Agenda (20 credits) Work Based Project (20 credits) Learning, Being and Becoming (20 credits)

Assessment method

The assessments utilised on the programme have been designed with the changing role of supporting teaching and learning in education at the forefront. Observations and planning for children and young people’s learning are skills that are required for teaching assistants to acquire, as well as effective communication skills with a range of people. Case studies enable students to look holistically at a case and evaluate interventions, initiatives and strategies to raise the achievement of children and young people. They then can plan and make suggestions for future sessions and individual learning plans for children and young people. Presentations develop students’ confidence in speaking to others. These also enable students to share research and findings with each other and develop this practice within their workplace. Students will take part in discussions, seminars, peer reviews and evaluations on an on-going basis. They are encouraged to share good practice from their work placement opportunities with their peers in group work, discussions and seminar groups. There are opportunities to share these with their mentors and colleagues at work and reflect upon their learning, thus building essential reflective and reflexive practitioner skills. Over the course of the study programme these skills will enable students to develop their levels of responsibility and autonomy working within the required levels of supervision for the job role involved.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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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

GCSE English: English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs. GCSE Maths: Maths Grade C or above is desirable (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs. GCSE Science: Science GCSE at Grade C or above is desirable (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Part Time Applicants: Students for part time study are required to hold a full level 3 qualification or the equivalent experience in a relevant subject and will need to be working in the sector. Placements: Full time students will need approx. 10-12 hours a week, voluntary or paid placement in a suitable placement on-going throughout their study. Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. *21 years and over at the start of the course. RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). DBS checks: Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement. Interview: A successful interview required. Reference: An appropriate reference required.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. As part of this course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will be expected to pay any fees associated with this. Fees are to be confirmed.

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