This programme is specifically designed for those who have a role supporting teaching and learning in schools whether that be as a teaching assistant, unqualified teacher, cover supervisor, learning mentor, HLTA or learning support assistant. The Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching is a recognised qualification for your role and will aid your professional development. You will develop your understanding of children’s learning and build on your ability to support teachers in raising pupil achievement, as well as looking at some of the wider aspects of school provision. You will be encouraged to analyse your work in the context of best practice, relevant principles and research. The course also provides support for developing and extending the skills, knowledge and understanding related to the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) professional standards. By the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate excellent practice, underpinned by theoretical understanding. Our experienced and supportive tutors, alongside mentors in your workplace, will help you to excel. Successful completion of this course gives you the opportunity to progress onto an honours degree and can provide a route to Qualified Teacher Status including through an employment-based scheme or similar. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:
- You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).
- Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
- We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
STAGE 1 • Pupil Engagement and Assessment (compulsory) • Introduction to SEND, Diversity and Inclusion (compulsory) • English and Maths: Core Subjects (compulsory) • Using Digital Technology to Inspire and Support Learning (compulsory) • Work Based Reflection (compulsory) • The Practitioner’s Role (compulsory) STAGE 2 • Planning and Professional Development (compulsory) • SEND, Diversity and Inclusion: School Based Project (compulsory) • English and Maths: Cross Curricular Approaches (compulsory) • Using Experiences Outside the School to Inspire and Support Learning (compulsory) • Work Based Practice: Reflective Practices (compulsory) Module information is quoted for 22/23 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
There are no exams. Instead, assessments include practical projects, presentations, assignments, research and portfolios of work practice.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
Two years’ experience of supporting learning in educational settings is required. This can be a mixture of volunteering and employment. Applicants will also need to be working in an educational setting for a minimum of 2.5 days a week to support their studies. Applicants will require a positive employer reference from their Head teacher (or equivalent) stating their support for study during term time if this is not on their UCAS forms.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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