Learning Support FdA
FdA Learning Support
If you’re ready to take your teaching career to the next level, we’ve got the perfect qualification to put you on the right track.
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. You can study at one of our partner colleges in Alton, Chichester, Eastleigh, the Isle of Wight, Gosport, or Stanmore.
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'll 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
Wherever you choose to study, you’ll be a student of the University of Portsmouth, so you’ll have access to all of our facilities and support.
Careers and opportunities
Completing this Foundation degree opens up many career options.
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.
- Applicants are to be working in either a voluntary or paid learning support setting for a minimum of 5 hours per week
- Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy level 2 or GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent
- Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered
All applicants are subject to interview.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
Please contact Academic Registry on +44 (0)23 9284 5259
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
If you're studying this course full time, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits each year. If you're studying this course part time, you need to study units worth a total of 80 credits each year.
Core units 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
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group activities
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- 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.
If you want to start this course on a full-time basis in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – X302
- our institution code – P80
If you want to start this course on a part-time basis in 2019, you should use our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.
Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'Apply' section above for details) or through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.