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

Our Teaching and Learning Foundation Degree has been specifically developed for those working in education support roles. The programme will enhance your teaching knowledge and skills while you continue to work in your current role.

Teaching assistants and other education support roles play a crucial part in the educational, social and emotional wellbeing of children. We've developed this FdA to offer you fresh insights and expertise on your journey to become a teaching assistant.

Based in the South West, this programme is run by the Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning.



Key features

  • Based in Somerset, this programme is not taught at our Worcester campus
  • 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
  • A golden opportunity for those working or interested in working in an educational support role to enhance their skills and expertise
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It’s not too late to apply!

You can still apply to study with us after the January UCAS deadline. Don’t be tempted to rush an application together as fast as you can, you still want to make sure your application and personal statement are as good as possible.

Your teachers can still write you a reference after the January deadline so make sure to let them know you’re applying to university

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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

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Level 4


  • Introduction to Study Skills
  • The Principles of Practitioner Reflection
  • Safeguarding and Well-being of Children and Young People
  • Introduction to the Development of Children and Young People (0-19 years)
  • Understanding Motivation and Behaviour in Children and Young People
  • Curriculum Development
  • Work-based project

Level 5


  • Reflective Journal
  • Supporting Early Childhood Development 
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Planning, Assessing and Evaluating Learning 
  • Teaching and Learning in Primary Phase 
  • Work-based independent study

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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?


Our Teaching and Learning Foundation Degree is the first step to becoming a teaching assistant or working in another education support role. When you complete this course, there are a number of options you can take to pursue a career in teaching:

  • Further study on a full Honours degree through a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Top-up course.
  • Progress onto the BA (Hons) Top-up degree in Professional Practice taught in the South West and London with equivalent top-up degree delivered at Worcester.
  • Route into teaching through a PGCE or School Direct programme.
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £14,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2023/24 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply