Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support

Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support

A flexible and accessible route into higher education

A flexible and accessible route into higher education

3 years part-time
Bognor Regis Campus
  • Learn on flexible and accessible way
  • Ideal for those already working in an educational setting
  • Work whilst you learn with our part-time approach
  • Opportunities to progress onto full degree programmes
Teacher crouched down to help two pupils with their primary school work


Develop your skills when supporting children's learning

Study as you work

This course is ideal if you already work or volunteer in an educational setting to support the teaching and learning of children and pupils. You may be working in a nursery or as a teaching assistant in a primary or secondary school.

Whatever the age of the children you are working with, if you wish to develop your knowledge and skills further and work towards gaining a degree then this flexible study route is ideal for you.

Learn to support all learners

You’ll explore what it means to be involved in Teaching and Learning Support (TLS). For example, you may look at how to support children with autism, how children become writers and why children learn best through being engaged in innovative and creative learning activities.

As such, you will study issues to do with:

  • Inclusion
  • Diversity and equality
  • Child development
  • Special educational needs
  • Specific aspects of the curriculum.

Flexible and accessible learning

The Foundation Degree is designed to provide a flexible and accessible route to higher education; it can lead to a full degree and the opportunity to train to be a teacher.

The course is run at the Bognor Regis Campus with attendance one day per week.

Why choose this course?

  • Setting/school-based learning
  • Monitored by continuous assessment
  • Flexible delivery of programme allows students to continue working
  • Opportunities to progress on to BA (Hons) Primary Teaching and Childhood Studies
  • Develop communication skills, problem-solving, working with others, IT and application of numbers.

The Course

Explore what it means to be involved in Teaching and Learning Support (TLS)

To complete the whole course and attain a Foundation Degree, you’ll need to be employed or volunteer as a classroom assistant, or the equivalent.

You will examine the role of the professional learning support role, as well as learn more about inclusivity in the classroom, childhood development, and the national curriculum.

Attendance at the University is part-time (one day a week), with the course being delivered over the course of three years.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Child Development

This module will support you to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of theories relating to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of children and young people. It covers key learning theorists and how their ideas have influenced pedagogy and practice.

Curriculum Studies

This module will explore the issues and aims of curriculum planning for the 21<sup>st</sup> century. It will consider wider issues related to the curriculum for example the ongoing debate concerning the balance of knowledge and skills. It will explore the principles of taking account of children’s voice in their learning and the concept of personalised learning through tracking, assessment, target setting and planning.

Research Skills – Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support

You'll complete an Independent Project in your third year. You'll develop a research question, supported by a review of the current literature in the chosen field and critically discuss appropriate research methodologies. You will conduct fieldwork related to your chosen research question, analyse results and draw conclusions that impact your practice.

Mathematics and Literacy

Two double modules focus specifically on mathematics and literacy. These modules enable you to gain a secure grounding in the theories associated with development in literacy and mathematics and develop students’ critical knowledge and understanding of how to provide rich and varied learning activities, in these areas, which best meet the needs and interests of the children and young people.


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Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of internationally recognised research staff

To complete the whole course and attain a Foundation Degree, you’ll need to be employed as a classroom assistant, or the equivalent.


Attendance at the University is part-time (one day a week) and you’ll have up to two taught sessions on Fridays (September 2022 entry) during term time. You’ll also have tasks to complete in school between your taught sessions.

There will be tutor support to help you complete your assignments and to help your through your three years of study.


You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and through directed study. You’ll be monitored by continuous assessment through written assignments, examinations and presentations.

These aren’t as daunting as they sound, as they’re based on the teaching and learning activities you’re engaged in during your daily work in schools.

Your Future

Build a strong foundation for further study

This programme is an excellent foundation for those wishing to transfer into teaching.

Completing additional Level 6 credits to gain a degree allows you to meet the requirements for postgraduate study for qualified teacher status.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
per 15 credit module.
International fee
per 15 credit module.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer (individual offers vary)

  • All students must be employed or volunteer in an educational setting supporting teaching and learning and have the support of their employer.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English is essential.
  • Applicants should normally have at least one Level 3 qualification (A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / NVQ3 / Advanced Apprenticeship).
  • Interview and enhanced DBS check required.
  • Non-standard entry is available for students who are mature (over 21 years) and have 3 years of relevant experience.
  • A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.

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