Learning Support FdA Foundation Degree

Learning Support FdA Foundation Degree

UCAS Code: 4J66 Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Full Time (One evening per week) Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 11/09/2023    
UCF University of Surrey


About the course

For those who support teaching and learning in a classroom, this degree will take your career in teaching further by giving you a professional skillset that can lead into a top-up degree and teacher training. It is awarded by the University of Surrey. This course has full-time status and is taught part-time.

Farnborough College of Technology offers the above qualification for teaching assistants/learning support assistants. The programme follows the National Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

"Please keep your students coming. They are of the highest quality. " 

- Bill James, Executive Principal at St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School who often recruits our former students

This course is: 

  • Taught over one evening per week, so that you can balance your time alongside your job and home life 

  • A way to achieve professional recognition in your current role 

  • Full of practical skills that you can start using in your role straight away 

  • Recognised nationally by universities as a route into top-up degrees and then teacher training, including our own top-up degree 

  • Supportive and fun, as you will be learning in a close-knit setting with people from similar roles 

  • Relevant to those working in schools, colleges, and other educational organisations 

Students from different education courses appear in this video, please check individial course pages for course-specific details such as progression options.

Who is this programme 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.


Fee Per Year £6000

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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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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Your course

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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Your future

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 BA (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 separate 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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