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 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.
You can 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). While studying at our partner colleges, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.
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FdA Learning Support entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 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.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Learning Support 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)
Careers and opportunities
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.
What you'll study on this FdA Learning Support course
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
- Practitioner Based Enquiry Proposal
- Practitioner Based Enquiry Report
- Supporting Learners with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
- Supporting Literacy
- Supporting Numeracy
- Supporting SEND
- The Role of the Professional in Supporting Learnning
- Theory and Practice of Assessment
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
Academic skills support
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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
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.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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 £100 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.
How to apply
To start this course full-time in 2021, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – X302
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form:
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from the outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.