Foundation Degree in Education and Learning Support (SHU) - Full Time Year 1

Course Overview

This programme is aimed at those already working within the education sector as teaching assistants (TA’s), learning support assistants (LSA’s), pastoral staff, cover supervisors and those working towards Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Status.
The course aims to contribute to national and regional agendas; to develop the school and wider education workforce towards graduate level in order to meet relevant workforce standards and provide a relevant progression route through to Qualified Teacher Status pathways.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:
64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

You will also need a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate that has been issued within 12 months of the start of the course. You can apply for one at enrolment, for a fee, if necessary.

Course Assessment

The course includes a range of types of assessment tasks, with a balance between written and oral tasks. This reflects the dual emphasis on effective oral and written communication in the professional lives of graduates working in early years services. Additionally, a range of assessment tasks enables students to evidence their learning in different ways, supporting students with different strengths as learners. This approach also supports the development of different writing styles.

Course Finance

£6995 per year full time or £3,600 per year Part-time
*Subject to Office for Students registrationThere are no additional costs involved with this course.

Course Includes

On this programme you will study the following units:
Level 4:
Children’s Development
Teaching and Learning
Professional Roles in Educational Settings
Health and Well-being
Developing Local Community Partnerships
The Contemporary Curriculum

Level 5:
Educational Inclusion
Safeguarding Children and Young People
Partnership Collaboration and Team Working
The Reflective Practitioner
Enabling Environments
Social Inclusion in Educational Contexts


Foundation (FdA) Degree Education and Learning Support

Course Potential Careers

Promoted posts in education or education related settings e.g. HLTA, Learning Mentor, Out of School Club Manager, Pastoral Manager
College or Further Education tutor
Development of own business e.g. Out of School Club
Course leading towards Qualified Teacher Status at a university or in a Teaching Schools Alliance e.g. PGCE Primary
Social Work Training
Post- graduate academic study e.g. Masters Childhood Studies or Masters Education at SHU
Students might progress to a senior, managerial position within their workplace.

Course Dates

September 2019 to June 2021

Course Times

To be confirmed

Email Contact

Examining Body

Validated by: Sheffield Hallam University

Hours Per Week

1 day per week

Phone Contact

0300 300 0090

Programme Structure

Programme Aims:
• To contribute to national and regional agendas to develop the school and wider education workforce to graduate level.

• To enable professionals working in the school and wider education workforce to meet relevant workforce standards at graduate level, including knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to national guidance.

• To widen participation in Higher Education in the region through provision of a professionally focused route to degree level that meets the needs of students employed in the school and wider education workforce.

• To provide a relevant progression route through to Qualified Teacher Status courses.


This course is full-time and runs over 2 years. You will attend one day per week, spend two days in an appropriate setting and use the remaining time for independent study.