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What makes Teaching and Learning with the University of Worcester special?

This degree has been developed specifically for those working or interested in working in an educational support role to enhance their skills and expertise whilst continuing to work.

Teaching assistants and those who work in a variety of support roles within education have an invaluable role to play in promoting the educational, social and emotional wellbeing of children. The University of Worcester has developed this programme to support you in discovering fresh insights, and enhancing your knowledge and skills.

Based in the South West, this programme is not taught at the Worcester campus, but is run by the Learning Institute in Devon, Cornwall and London, and the Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning.

Key features

  • Opportunities to develop key skills to prepare for further study and/or employment and lifelong learning, in addition to support for promotion in professional roles
  • The foundation degree is a significant step towards acquiring a full honours degree in the future, with top-up options available in Worcester and the South West
  • The full honours degree then opens up the possibility of a route in to teaching via a PGCE or the School Direct programme

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

32 UCAS Tariff points

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this course

Applicants must have current experience of working in an education setting

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

  • Introduction to Study Skills
  • Reflective Journal
  • Communication & Partnership in Children’s Services
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Work-based Project
  • Curriculum Development
  • Introduction to Teaching & Learning in Primary Foundation Subjects
  • Introduction to Teaching & Learning in the Secondary Phase  
  • Supporting in Early Childhood Development
  • Meeting the Individual Needs of Children & Young People with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Planning, Assessing & Evaluating Learning
  • Teaching & Learning in Primary Core Curriculum Subjects
  • Teaching & Learning in Primary Foundation Subjects
  • Teaching & Learning in the Secondary Phase
  • Work-based Independent Study
  • Support in Teaching & Learning

Students must have at least ten hours per week in an appropriate workplace supporting children or young people throughout their degree.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through small group lectures and seminars where students will experience a wide variety of learning and teaching activities designed to meet different learner styles.  This will facilitate development of both subject specific knowledge and skills, as well as transferable knowledge and key skills.

You will be allocated a personal academic tutor who will support you for at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in the second year.  Additionally, all of the tutors on the FDTL provide group and individual student support. This is done face-to-face and through email tutorials.

Contact time

In a typical module you will have around 25 contact hours of teaching.  You will be expected to complete learning activities before and between sessions. In addition to this, you are required to be in a work setting related to children and young people for a minimum of 10 hours a week.  This can either as a paid member of staff or on a voluntary basis.   

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 20 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assessments.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional practitioners from across the fields of study covered by the degree programme. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy and is based on considerable experience of practices in the field. 


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include essay, reflective evaluation, portfolio, project and case study.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the modules taken.  Submissions are spread throughout the academic year.  


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


Where could it take you?


This course represents a substantial step toward acquiring a full Honours degree through a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Top-up course. You can progress on to the BA (Hons) Top-up degree in Professional Practice taught in the South West and London with equivalent top-up degree delivered at Worcester. This may subsequently provide a route into teaching through a PGCE or School Direct programme.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in the academic year 2018/19 is £1,156 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Cornwall - Amanda Huggins
The Learning Institute
07956 056 447  /  01579 386 123  


Somerset – Abbie Stevens
Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL)
01823 348268