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This Foundation degree (FdA) in Learning Support is for current and aspiring teaching assistants who want to get professional recognition with a university-level qualification.

We know you’re busy in the classroom, so we’ve made it simple to complete your studies alongside your job by studying at a college near you. 

After the course, you'll be more effective in your current role. You could also go on to do a Bachelor's degree such as our BA (Hons) Education Studies or use your Foundation degree do courses that lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

What you will experience?

On this course, you’ll:

  • Study alongside your existing learning support role, whether you’re in a general or special educational needs setting, in a school, college or other educational institution
  • Be taught by staff with heaps of experience, using dynamic and relevant teaching methods to help you get the most out of your studies
  • Learn in supportive study groups, alongside other teaching assistants from different educational backgrounds
  • Discover practical ways to take the knowledge and skills you learn in our classroom back to yours
  • Study at one of our partner colleges: Alton College (part time only), Chichester College (part time only), Eastleigh College (full time only), Isle of Wight College (full time only) and St Vincent College (part time only)

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • group activities
    • seminars
    • tutorials

    You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
    • case studies
    • reflective reports
    • research projects

    You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

    You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

    Student Destinations

    What can you do with a Learning Support FdA?

    You could progress to a relevant Bachelor's degree, such as BA (Hons) Education Studies. You could also do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT) or the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), all of which can lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

    After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity

      You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

      Full-time Part-time
      • Duration description

        3 years part-time (Alton, Chichester, St Vincent College)

    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

    If you're studying this course full time, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits each year. If you're studying this course part time, you need to study modules worth a total of 80 credits each year.

    Core modules on the course include:

    • Educational Contexts
    • How Learning Develops
    • Learning in Groups
    • The Professional Role
    • Supporting Literacy
    • Supporting SEND
    • Theory and Practice of Assessment
    • Working in a Professional Team
    • Practitioner Based Enquiry Report
    • Supporting Learners with Social, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties
    • Supporting Numeracy

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    • Minimum required score:


      PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

      More about PTE Academic

    General Requirements

    • Applicants are to be working in either a voluntary or paid relevant educational setting for a minimum equivalence of one day a week. All applicants will need to attend an interview.

    Tuition Fee

    *Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.

    Please contact the Tuition Fees team on +44 (0)23 9284 5259

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    Living costs for Portsmouth

    • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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