Teaching and Learning Support - Foundation Degree
Course Code: SM1HE107
UCAS Code: X990
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Fast-track your career within the teaching and learning sector by studying the Foundation Degree Teaching and Learning Support.
Whether you’re new to this sector or you’ve already embarked on your chosen career path, this two-year degree course develops the skills and qualities needed to progress into roles such as School Support Worker, Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor, Pastoral Officer and Family Support Worker.
The programme is unique in the following ways:
- there is a strong focus on industry-based learning (facilitated by our own extensive employer relationships)
- our experienced industry placement team will support you to find an appropriate and conveniently located placement
- we also support you to get to grips with the process of studying (through an Introduction to Academic Study module and our team of dedicated personal learning mentors).
Student satisfaction – as a result – is extremely high, with many students progressing to our one-year honours top-up programme.
The course is taught by industry specialist tutors, online and at our dedicated University Centre in Blackpool. We offer a safe and friendly learning environment, smaller classes and dedicated one-to-one support – particularly welcomed by those who haven’t studied in a while.
A minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:
- MPP from Extended Diploma or MM from Diploma in relevant level 3 such as Teaching Assistant, Child Care Learning and Development, Children and Young People
- English Language grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2. If not achieved must work towards and achieve in first year of study
- Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component
- All applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer confirming proposed work experience
- If no Level 3, a minimum of a relevant Level 2 qualification such as Teaching Assistant, Child Care Learning and Development, Children and Young People's Workforce, achieved within the last two years
- 12 months hands on experience in the workplace with service users (does not include administration)
- You must hold a current DBS
A professional discussion may be required prior to offer if you do not meet the exact entry criteria
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Assessment Design and Planning||SM4MD144||20||Mandatory|
|Support Strategies in Practice||SM4MD145||20||Mandatory|
|Supporting Educational Professionals||SM4MD148||20||Mandatory|
|English and Mathematics||SM4MD149||20||Mandatory|
|Assessment Design and Planning||SM4MD126||20||Mandatory|
|Support Strategies in Practice||SM4MD128||20||Mandatory|
|Supporting Educational Professionals||SM4MD129||20||Mandatory|
|English and Mathematics||SM4MD131||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Academic Study Shac||SM4MD151||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Work Based Research Project||SM5MD203||20||Mandatory|
|Innovation and Creativity||SM5MD204||20||Mandatory|
|Technology in Education||SM5MD208||20||Mandatory|
|Work Based Research Project||SM5MD178||20||Mandatory|
|Innovation and Creativity||SM5MD181||20||Mandatory|
|Technology in Education||SM5MD183||20||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.