Teaching and Learning Support, Foundation Degree

Foundation degree

This course is designed to develop the role of those supporting teaching and learning, and can provide a foundation for progression towards gaining a BA (Hons) or Qualified teacher status. 

This course will give you: 

  • Setting/school-based learning
  • Monitored by continuous assessment
  • Flexible delivery of programme allows students to continue working
  • Opportunities to progress on to BA (Hons) Primary Teaching and Childhood Studies
  • Develop communication skills, problem-solving, working with others, IT and application of numbers

Please note: All UK HE providers are required to register with the newly-created Office for Students (OfS) for the 2019/20 application cycle. All courses offered are subject to OfS confirming HSDC as a provider, expected September 2018.

Type of study
Higher Education, Part-Time
Examination board
Awarded by Chichester University

Availability & Details

Teaching and Learning Support, Foundation Degree SP-STALFD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2019-20 (3 years)

Applicants will:
– Be employed or doing voluntary work in an educational setting (age 5+) for a minimum of 12 hours per week.
– Have the support of their employer or voluntary setting (unless self-employed, for example child minders).
– Obtain a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
– Have suitable GCSEs
– Have a Level 3 STLS qualification or similar
– Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will be considered.

This course is delivered partly through taught sessions and partly through employer-supported work based learning. Students will be taught in small groups and there is individual tutorial support to assist with the planning and checking course work.

Year One: Semester 1                                                                                                   

  • Study Skills
  • Inclusion, Equality and Diversity

Year One: Semester 2

  • Creativity
  • Understanding Child Development: theory and practice

Year Two: Semester 1

  • Supporting Learning in Literacy and Mathematics 
  • Curriculum Matters

 Year Two: Semester 2

  • Children, Young People,Society and Education
  • Assessment and Observation

Year Three: Semester 1

  • Developing Learning in Literacy and Mathematics 
  • Behaviour for Learning

 Year Three: Semester 2

  • Working in Partnership to promote achievement and well-being
  • Independent Study


This is a three year course, delivering levels 4 and 5 over 3 years. This course is delivered partly through taught sessions, and partly through employer-supported work base learning. Students will be taught in small groups and there is individual tutorial support to assist with the planning and checking of course work. 

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, reports, observations and poster presentations. You will be supported throughout and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during the course.

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My experience at the college was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The college is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student


The programme is designed to support the development of Teaching and Learning Support. On successful completion, students can continue their studies to a full degree and then a PGCE leading to Qualified Teaching Status to become a primary teacher.Other career opportunities include a range of work with management and policy-making, special needs (for example, Portage) or researcher.