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Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning (FdA)

    Full time
    2 Years
    University of Greenwich
This programme is designed for individuals who wish to work in, or who are already employed in, the paraprofessional areas to support the teaching and learning of students across all ages. This includes roles in the classroom, such as learning support assistant, teaching assistant or related roles such as learning mentor.

Comprising a balance of theory and practical application, this programme provides a potential route to the final year/stage of a related Bachelor's degree, such as BA (Hons) Education Studies or BA (Hons) Childhood Studies. Following this, graduates may be able to progress to teacher training and eventual qualified teacher status. Throughout the programme you will gain skills that will enhance your opportunities of employment or promotion in the field of education. You will learn to read critically, write to academic standards, engage in academic research and present ideas and findings to your peers. You will also study and work with your peers collaboratively.

Extracurricular activities include study visits and conferences at the University of Greenwich and other partner institutions.

Teaching comprises a variety of methods ranging from tutor-led lectures to interactive learner participatory lectures, group project work and learner-led presentations. Assessment is through coursework assignments which vary from reflective accounts to more formal essays, reports and case studies that are all related to your own work practice. There are no exams or timed assessments.

You will be required to attend timetabled classes at the College for one full day per week during term time. In addition, you will be expected to carry out a minimum of 12 hours of independent study each week. You will also need to be employed on a paid or voluntary basis in a role working with learners (e.g. a learning support assistant) in an educational setting for at least one day per week for the full duration of the programme.

You will develop academic skills such as writing for a range of different formal purposes, ranging from reflective accounts, essays, reports, research reports, research proposals and observation reports, through to individual and group presentations, team working, public speaking and project work.

Subject to acceptance by the teaching university/college, you will be able to progress to the final stage/year of a related Degree programme, such as the BA (Hons) in Education Studies or the BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies at the University of Greenwich. Thereafter, you may be able to access the many options that exist to become teacher qualified in the primary or secondary sectors, such as PGCE, QTS, RTP and GTP. Other career options include family liaison, education management and social pedagogy.

A reading list will be available on request after you have been offered a place on programme. The College’s Learning Resource Centre will hold relevant reference material to support your learning but you will find it beneficial to purchase several key texts.

You will be encouraged to attend an optional two-day conference run by the Social Pedagogy Network. In previous years this event has been held in locations such as Dublin, Derby and Glasgow and we advise you to budget approximately £150 to cover travel and admission costs.

Following receipt of your application, you will be invited to an interview with the programme leader. At the interview, you will be asked to write a personal account of your learning history and why you wish to undertake the programme. This task and the interview will help us to assess your aptitude for working in the education sector and academic skills for study at this level. We will also consider your application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision. Applications (full-time only) should be made through UCAS.

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff who have worked in a variety of educational settings and have different areas of expertise such as early years, additional needs, curriculum and social pedagogy. Each module you study will be related to your own setting and experience and there is choice in the second year to select your own individual study. You will study in pleasant classroom spaces dedicated to higher education students and in close proximity to the useful resources of the College’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The skills you gain will enhance your opportunities of employment or promotion in the field of education – as you will learn to read critically, write to academic standards, engage in academic research and present ideas and findings to your peers. You will also study and work with your peers collaboratively. Teaching resources will be based around the interactive whiteboard, Moodle, and the reading matter available in the LRC and remotely accessed resources from the University of Greenwich. The College’s campus in Tonbridge is modern and conveniently located next to public transport links.

If you have an interest in social sciences and in education in particular then you will find this programme of interest to you, especially if you wish to pursue a career in the field of teaching and in the allied jobs within education. You will develop a range of academic skills – active reading, writing reflective critiques of your practice, essays, reports, book/journal reviews – and give presentations on your research and aspects of your work practice. You will also get involved in group projects such as designing your ‘Vision of a School of the Future’. Assessment is based entirely on coursework and there will be the opportunity to work in collaboration with your fellow students on some assignments. Also, your assessments will all be related to your work practice and you will have many opportunities to learn from the experiences of your peers. Extracurricular activities will include study visits/conferences at the University of Greenwich and other partner colleges. In relation to the Social Pedagogy module, we have attended an annual residential conference run by the Social Pedagogy Network which in previous years has been held in locations such as Dublin and Glasgow. This event is always exciting, intensely interesting and a great way of networking with other professionals.

Year 1

• The World of Education: Policy, Provision and Practice (30 credits)
• The Learner and Education (30 credits)
• Supporting the Curriculum (30 credits)
• Professional Practice Portfolio (30 credits)

Year 2

• Social Pedagogy (30 credits)
• Supporting Learners with Additional Educational Needs (30 credits)
• Understanding the Psychological, Social and Emotional Aspects of Behaviour (30 credits)
• Negotiated Professional Investigation (30 credits)


Applicants should hold one of the following on entry:

• Two A-Levels, including one at Grade C or above
• CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) at Grade D or above
• CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce at Grade D or above
• An equivalent qualification in a relevant subject

Mature applicants who do not hold one of these qualifications but who possess a suitable level of relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition, all applicants will be expected to hold a Grade C/4 or above in both GCSE English and maths (or an equivalent Level 2 qualification) and be working with learners of any age in an educational setting, on a paid or voluntary basis, for at least one day per week for the full duration of the programme.

Institution Code: G70
Course Code: X390
Campus Code: T