Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

A full-time award designed and delivered at the University Centre of Farnborough. It is a University of Surrey validated award aimed at Teaching Assistants/ Learning Support practitioners who have completed NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. The award is nationally recognised by universities and provides an opportunity for professional development and progression onto an honours degree. A successful candidate will achieve 120 credits at level 4 (Year 1) and 120 credits at level 5 (Year 2) and have the opportunity to enter a Bachelors of Arts Honours degree at level 6 (Year 3) to achieve the complete credits (320 in total).

The programme will be delivered Part-time with Full-time status – Attendance one evening per week.

The University Centre Farnborough Experience:

✓ Degrees awarded by the prestigious University of Surrey
✓ Nationally-recognised HNC/Ds awarded by Pearson
✓ Small campus experience where you won’t get lost in the crowd
✓ Dynamic new University Centre building and Study Centre
✓ Cash bursary of up to £2k for those students/courses that are eligible
✓ Welcoming environment for both mature students and college leavers
✓ Work-focused qualifications that link to the needs of the workplace
✓ Recognition of prior learning and experiences mean you could join a degree in the second or third year
✓ Graduation ceremony to share your successes

Who is this programme for?

Who is it for?
For all those involved in a teaching and learning support role and who have achieved a full NVQ Level 3 for Teaching Assistants or an equivalent qualification.

UCAS Code: 4J66


Fee Per Year £6000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

There are 8 modules covered in Year 1 (Level 4) and a further 8 modules in Year Two (Level 5), all valued at 15 credit points:

Year 1

  • Reflective Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Skills for Academic Study
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Managing a Positive Learning Environment
  • Supporting English and Mathematics
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning

Year 2

  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
  • Reflection and Evaluation
  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities
  • Introduction to Action Research
  • Wider Environment in Education
  • Personalised Learning Support
  • Action Research Project
  • Introduction to Learning Theory

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are adopted throughout the programme to accommodate learning styles and to address the learning outcomes.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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What Next?

The programme leads to a Foundation Degree in Learning Support. It can also contribute to more advanced roles such as Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) or Higher Level Teaching Assistant status (HLTA). A further year of study (one evening per week) allows an opportunity to study a B.A. (Hons) in Education (Learning Support).

Students, once studying the BA (Hons), can apply for Initial Teacher Training (Schools Direct, SCITT or PGCE) for Primary, Special and Independent schools. Learning Support practitioners in Secondary schools may find that the BA (Hons) could contribute to an application for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course as a pathway into Initial Teacher Training.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - 4J66

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

  • 48 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)
  • Hold a full and relevant Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning or equivalent level 3 qualification with a minimum of one year experience (at least ten hours per week for an academic year) in a learning support role.
  • Have the competency in English as required by the University of Surrey and can produce evidence of DBS clearance.
  • Employed and/or in a voluntary placement as a learning support practitioner in primary, secondary, further education or a specialist school for a minimum of 15 hours per week concurrent with course attendance.
  • Head Teacher/ Principal/ Employer letter to clarify employment/placement hours (15 per week minimum), access to institutional policies, support from a suitable work-based Mentor and appropriate Maths, English and ICT skills to support learning.


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Becoming a teacher has been my dream since the age of five and to this end I have undertaken and just completed my Foundation degree at Farnborough. I am now studying in the evenings towards the BA (Hons) Education (Top Up) and am delighted to have just been accepted on a Schools Direct in Secondary Mathematics teacher training course.

All of this was only achievable due to Farnborough's flexible course structures, as they fit in with my busy lifestyle and thus allowed me to change my career and pursue my dream. The tutors are friendly and always supportive. You know that they are always available to help, even at the end of an email with sage advice to help make sense of things if you're concerned or confused.


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