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University of Portsmouth

Learning Support

UCAS Code: X302

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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About this course


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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

3.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Learning support

**Overview**
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, or Gosport.

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 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

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.

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.

Modules

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
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 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.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

essays
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.

The Uni


Course locations:

Stanmore College

St Vincent College

Southampton City College

Chichester College

Alton College

Eastleigh College

Isle of Wight College

Havant and South Downs College - South Downs Campus

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
low
Learning support

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Childcare and related personal services
17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
16%
Teaching and educational professionals

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