Course Details

Would you like to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of your education support role? If you have at least a year's experience in a learning support context, paid or voluntary, and the ability to study at this level you could work towards a nationally recognised qualification in your field. This course provides students with the knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles required for supporting learning across the curriculum and across education phases. In doing so, it enables students to develop the professional and practical skills required to work in classrooms and other educational settings, and provides the opportunity to undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences to empower its graduates to assume crucial responsibilities within a variety of educational organisations.

Entry Requirements

Entrants under 21 would ideally have an appropriate full A Level or vocational A Level, or Level 3 qualification. Entrants over 21 need to demonstrate that they can succeed within the course's academic requirements. All applicants need to be working in a learning support setting for 12 hours a week.

Career options

On successful completion of the FdA Learning Support, all students will have the opportunity to progress to an appropriate BA degree such as the BA (Hons) Education and Training Studies.

Learning Support Foundation Degree with the University of Portsmouth

Five highlights

  • 1 Classroom & work-based learning supporting your professional development
  • 2 Experienced teaching staff dedicated to developing each individual.
  • 3 Diversity of students on course bring a wealth of knowledge & experience
  • 4 Small class sizes to allow individualised learning
  • 5 QAA approved

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 25.09.2019
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Learning Support

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Course code Location Course length Start date
HCR472CD1A Chichester Campus 3 Years 25.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

The course comprises a range of units that will cover: supporting learners with diverse needs learning theory assessment supporting learning with social and emotional needs literacy and numeracy own choice research and enquiry projects personal professional development including key skills Students are encouraged to relate the units to their professional roles. Understanding of the learning support role is further enhanced by the use of study groups where practitioners from different backgrounds can offer support and share experiences.

How will I be taught?

We have a well-established reputation for providing stimulating and academically rewarding courses and our tutors are committed practitioners who will guide you through your study. Teaching will be in small groups and will include group activities and seminars as well as more formal lectures. You will attend college on session a week. e.g. Wednesday 4.15pm-7.15pm. Use of specialists from the learning support sector also ensure that you receive up-to-date knowledge and tuition.

How will I be assessed?

There are no final exams. Instead, each unit has its own assessment focus, which will be one of the following: =essays =case studies =reflective reports =research projects You will be given clear guidance for all assignments. Key skills will be assessed through the units.Each unit will incorporate a work-based element that you will complete in the context of your work environment. You will be required to identify a mentor in your workplace who will be able to support you through the course and informal training for mentors will be offered too.

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