Foundation Degree in Learning Support

Designed to meet the needs of those working in learning support in pre-school, primary, secondary and post-16 education, this course focuses on work-related skills to improve employability and effectiveness at work.

The course aims to raise the status of learning support work, as well as to strengthen individual claims for promotion.



What will I study?

  • Learning support
  • Supporting and enhancing learning
  • Study skills for higher education
  • Social contexts of learning
  • Digital technologies for learning
  • Working with professionals and families
  • Understanding teaching and learning
  • Managing behaviour
  • Research methods
  • Safeguarding
  • Project module
  • Policy and practice

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based on assignments submitted at the end of each module. Some assignments may be in the form of presentations.

There are no examinations on the programme.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered through a series of face to face lectures and seminars and through online delivery. In addition there will be regular tutorials which are held both face to face and online.


All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile: Ros Windley 

Ros has taught in FE for 19 years including five years supporting learning as an LSA.  As well as the Foundation Degree in Learning Support (teaching Study Skills, Digital Technologies and Social Contexts of Learning modules) she also teaches GCSE English.

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements but you will be expected to have relevant experience in a learning support role and the potential to work at higher education standard
  • You must be employed or undertaking voluntary work in learning support, with a minimum of six months’ recent experience, as work-based learning is an essential component of the qualification
  • Evidence of employer support is required on application 
  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Successful learners will be able to progress to degrees in subjects such as Learning and Teaching, (Primary Education)
or Education and Learning, or Early Childhood Education and Care. Pursuing the primary education route will provide
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS.

Additional information

This course is delivered partly online and applicants can expect to spend 17 hours each week working towards this degree. IT skills are necessary and the course does require regular access to the internet (College facilities are available).

Validated by the University of Hull

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