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Learning Support

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

2 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/2 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

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About this course


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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

3.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Learning support

**Overview**
If you’re currently working in learning support – such as in a teaching assistant role – and you’re ready to take the next step in your career, our Foundation degree (FdA) in Learning Support will put you on the right track.

As a learning support professional, you play an invaluable role in enabling children to realise what they’re capable of. Your experience is excellent groundwork from which to develop greater educational support expertise, or even to move towards becoming a teacher.

We know you’re busy in the classroom, so we’ve made it simple to complete your studies alongside your job by studying at one of our partner colleges. Whichever you choose, you’ll be a student of the University of Portsmouth, so you’ll have access to all of our facilities and support.

When you graduate, you'll have new skills and insight to bring to your learning support role. You could also use your foundation degree to access further study that leads to Qualified Teacher Status.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU.

- Develop your teaching assistant skills by exploring how best to support learners across key subject areas such as literacy and numeracy

- Discover how to support children with a range of needs, including those with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and social, emotional and mental health difficulties

- Learn in supportive study groups, alongside other teaching assistants from different educational backgrounds, and find out how to take the knowledge and skills you learn in our classroom back to yours

- Be taught by expert staff with extensive experience, using dynamic and relevant teaching methods to help you get the most out of your studies

- Study alongside your job at one of our partner colleges: Eastleigh College (full time only), Isle of Wight College (full time only) or St Vincent College (part time only)

**Careers and opportunities**
This Learning Support Foundation degree (FdA) will enrich your classroom experience with the education theory, best practice approaches and professional recognition you need to best support children in an assisting role, or to progress on a new career path towards becoming a teacher.

**What can you do with a Learning Support FdA?**
After the course, you'll have a university-level qualification that's recognised in the primary school sector.

You'll stand out as a learning support professional with the skills to work in:

- primary learning support

- higher level teaching assistance (HLTA)

- learning mentorship

- family support

- behaviour management

Alternatively, you could go on to do a Bachelor's degree such as our BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up).

Once you have a full Bachelors degree, you could then progress on to courses that enable you to earn Qualified Teacher Status, such as a PGCE Primary or a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT).

Modules

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.

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Alton College

Chichester College

Eastleigh College

St Vincent College

Isle of Wight College

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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.

52%
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
52%
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

56%
Library resources
60%
IT resources
60%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
7%
Male students
93%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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
57%
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

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education and teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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