Foundation Degree – Supporting Teaching and Learning

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This programme is aimed at students who are either currently employed in supporting the teaching and learning of children and young people (4-25 yrs) or wishing to develop their role in this area. The course has been written with an integrated work based focus throughout.
  • Overview

    Full time students will attend college for two days per week and part time students will attend college for one afternoon and evening per week.

    This course will equip students with a combination of technical skills, academic knowledge, and transferable skills that employers are increasingly demanding. We encourage autonomy and independent thinking using a mixture of lectures, seminars, scenario/case study, presentations, group work and work practice.

    An emphasis on the balance between academic studies and work placement projects will enable students to demonstrate their transferable skills between work and college. Students need to have had experience working with children as a volunteer, in employment or work placement and will need to be able to communicate effectively with a range of people in a variety of ways.

    For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

    For the latest version of the course handbook for this course at Leeds please click here.

    For the latest version of the course handbook for this course at Keighley College please click here.

    For the latest version of the Leeds City College regulations please click here.

  • Entry Requirements

    UCAS Tariff Points:48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), one of which must be in a relevant subject

    A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or Children and Young People’s Workforce at Level 3) or Pass*/ Pass ++ at Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning (STL) together with a number of GCSE grades at C or above including English.

    International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification. All students will be interviewed prior to selection on the course and have opportunity to discuss course requirements. APL may be possible dependant on qualifications and experience. As part of this course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will be expected to pay any fees associated with this. Fees are estimated to be around £60.

  • Assessment Types

    The assessments utilised on the programme have been designed with the changing role of supporting teaching and learning in education at the forefront. Observations and planning for children and young people’s learning are skills that are required for teaching assistants to acquire, as well as effective communication skills with a range of people.

    Case studies enable students to look holistically at a case and evaluate interventions, initiatives and strategies to raise the achievement of children and young people. They then can plan and make suggestions for future sessions and individual learning plans for children and young people.

    Presentations develop students’ confidence in speaking to others. These also enable students to share research and findings with each other and develop this practice within their workplace.

    Students will take part in discussions, seminars, peer reviews and evaluations on an on-going basis. They are encouraged to share good practice from their work placement opportunities with their peers in group work, discussions and seminar groups. There are opportunities to share these with their mentors and colleagues at work and reflect upon their learning, thus building essential reflective and reflexive practitioner skills. Over the course of the study programme these skills will enable students to develop their levels of responsibility and autonomy working within the required levels of supervision for the job role involved.

  • Units/Modules

    Modules may include:

    Level 4 – Year 1

    • Skills for Academic Development (20 Credits)
    • Concepts of Supporting Learning (20 Credits)
    • Technology Enhanced Learning (20 Credits)
    • Inclusive Practices (20 Credits)
    • Communication, Language and Literacy (20 Credits)
    • Safeguarding (20 Credits)

    Level 5 –Year 2

    • Working in Collaborative Practice (20 Credits)
    • Supporting Mathematics ( 20 Credits)
    • Supporting Science (20 Credits)
    • Work Based Project (20 Credits)
    • Learning, Being and Becoming (20 Credits)
    • Contemporary Educational Agenda (20 Credits)

  • Benefits/Skills

    Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to reflect upon your professional experience and engage in evaluative and analytical thinking. In addition, you will develop your research and academic writing skills. These qualities and transferable skills are necessary for employment and progression to other qualifications. The new competences that you acquire will enable you to assume greater confidence and responsibility within your workplace.
  • Careers/Progression

    Many of our graduates used this qualification to gain promotion in teaching assistant roles or to enhance their career. Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning gives students an opportunity to progress to other qualifications. Some graduates may choose to top up to a full degree at Leeds City College, such as the BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Care and Education (subject to validation). Dependent on other relevant qualifications students may wish to undertake a PGCE or similar after their full BA (Hons) degree.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Keighley College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2024 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is L522 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21. When prompted on your UCAS application form, please select location K for Keighley College.
The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

For all relevant policies and procedures and other relevant documents please see the University Centre Leeds policies here.

If you are a student currently studying at Keighley College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf

If you are:

  • a current student with Keighley College, Leeds City College or Harrogate College,
  • don’t already have an application in UCAS for this cycle,

you can make an application directly to us for this course.

To make your application, use the below link and register for an application account via the Create a New User facility. You will then be sent an email to the email address you provided when registering for an account, on which you will need to click the link to verify your email address.

Once you have created an account, you will then be able to start and save your application, should you not be able to complete it all in one go. Please note that your username is the email address you provided when registering for an account.

To access your account again should you need to complete and submit your application form, simply use the second link provided in your verification email.

To register for an application account please use the following link and use the Create a New User facility

Then you can make a direct application here.

This is a University Centre Leeds course which is a part of and validated by Luminate Education Group.

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