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  • Overview

    This Foundation Degree is designed for people currently engaged in providing support for learning and/or teaching in schools or other settings.

    Firmly rooted in professional practice, it aims to take you from a learning support role to one where you have the responsibility for delivering and managing learning.

    The course is taught one afternoon a week so you can fit study alongside your other work and family commitments. You’ll be taught by friendly and supportive staff, experienced in working with adult learners and with substantial professional experience in the sector. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.

    On successful completion you can progress to the Learning and Teaching BA top-up degree. Many of our Foundation Degree and BA graduates progress to managerial positions both within and outside the education sector.

    Is this course for me?

    The Foundation Degree is aimed at those currently engaged in providing support for learning and/or teaching, not just in schools but in a wide range of learning support roles, including further and higher education, the voluntary sector, libraries and museums.

    We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.

    The course runs one afternoon a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other family commitments.

    If you're interested in studying full-time you may also be interested in the Learning and Teaching specialist pathway available through our Professional Studies BA programme.

    Our Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (SEND) is designed for those who are interested in working with SEND in specialist and mainstream settings.

  • Course content

    This course is designed to produce practitioners who are able to question and critically analyse education policies and initiatives and who can make an informed contribution to their organisation. It is structured and delivered in such a way that you have the opportunity to understand and assimilate new ideas and concepts and to apply these in practice. The Foundation Degree and top-up BA are firmly rooted in professional practice and combine scholarly activities with learning through experience of work. The course develops your skills in supporting learners and optional modules allow you to develop more specialised skills and knowledge in areas which affect your own practice.

    In year 1 you’ll cover academic skills and how learners learn and will be introduced to child development, inclusion and SEND. In years 2 and 3 core modules cover developing teaching skills, education perspectives and policy, creating learning resources and understanding research. You also choose optional modules which may include areas such as introduction to dyslexia, counselling skills, coaching and mentoring, mental health, families and young people.

    On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, you can progress onto the BA Learning and Teaching top-up degree, which will involve a further two years part-time study.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introduction to Typical and Atypical Child Development 20 credits
    • How Do Learners Learn 20 credits
    • Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability 20 credits
    • Academic Skills for Learning and Teaching 15 credits
    • Studying in a Digital Age (Lifelong Learning) 5 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Developing Teaching Skills to Meet Learners' Needs 20 credits
    • Education Perspectives and Policy 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Working With Others in Children's Services 20 credits
    • Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace 20 credits
    • Violent and Sexually Offending Young People 20 credits
    • The Application of Counselling Skills in Learning Settings 20 credits
    • Using Stories to Develop Learning 20 credits
    • Introduction to Dyslexia 20 credits
    • Young People, Families and Mental Health 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching and Learning 20 credits
    • Understanding Education Research 20 credits
    • Creating Learning Resources 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Independent Study Project 2 20 credits
    • Using Stories to Develop Learning 20 credits
    • Introduction to Dyslexia 20 credits
    • Work Based Research Project 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Learning and Teaching FD in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.


    Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, individual and group presentations and posters. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.

    • Other Qualifications

      CACHE level 3

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Applicants must have a level 3 qualification e.g. CACHE level 3 or 3 A-level passes. Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum 60 hours a year.

    Alternative entry

    If you don't have the required level 3 qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

    If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

    We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.

    Admissions policy

    Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    You will study at 67% intensity (80 credits) each year of your course. Fees for 2018/19 are £6,167 (67% of £9,250). The fee you are charged in future years will be calculated as a proportion of the full-time fee agreed for that year.

    There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

  • Career opportunities

    A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

    A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. The Learning and Teaching course provides you with skills that can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers which involve supporting learning, some of these are in education but many are in other areas e.g. public and college libraries, voluntary sector organisations, children’s centres and hospitals. Many students go onto learning support and managerial roles in education such as managing teams of learning mentors, teaching assistants and behaviour support workers. Sucessful completion of the BA enables students to apply for a postgraduate teacher training course.

    Careers support

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

    The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
    • explore their career options
    • develop or enhance their employability skills
    • gain work or voluntary experience
    • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
    • find and apply for jobs

    Find out more about the support available to LLC students and the University’s Careers website.

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