Teaching and Learning Support

Foundation Degree

young children working in class

Availability & Details

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

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Higher Education, Non-UCAS, Part-Time

Academic Year 2021-22 (3 years)

Examination board
University of Chichester


The course is designed to underpin and develop the role of those supporting teaching and learning in a school or college environment. This course can also provide a foundation for progression towards gaining a BA (Hons) degree or Qualified Teacher Status. 

The flexible delivery of the programme allows you to continue working alongside the course. You’ll develop skills in communication, problem solving, working with others, IT and the application of numbers. You’ll also be monitored by continuous assessment throughout the course to track your progression. Plus, there is the opportunity to progress on to the BA (Hons) Primary Teaching and Childhood Studies.

The University of Chichester is the awarding institution for this qualification. 


You will require:

– To be employed or working as a volunteer in an educational setting and have the support of your employer
– Normally at least one Level 3 qualification
– An interview and an enhanced DBS check
– Non standard entry is available for mature students (over 21) who have at least three years work experience.

This programme is an excellent foundation for those wishing to transfer into teaching by completing additional Level 6 credits to gain a degree and allow you to meet the requirements for postgraduate study for qualified teacher status.

This is a three-year programme which is delivered on one day a week (2.30 – 8.00pm) and two Saturdays through the year. You will also have tutorial support. 

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

Indicative units:

  • Curriculum Matters
  • Understanding Child Development: Theory and Practice
  • Inclusion
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Supporting Learning in Mathematics and Numeracy.

You will complete two modules per semester. These may be single modules (15 credits) or double modules (30 credits).


A wide range of appropriate teaching and learning strategies will be used during the course. These will include: lectures, seminar sessions, workshops, tutorials and work based learning (WBL).

Assessment is through written assignments, timed essays, displays and presentations. Assessment is always at the end of the modules and you will work towards assessment through the sessions. You have the opportunity to re-submit assessments.

This course develops competence in the role of supporting teaching and learning. It enables you to reflect on theory and practice to consider excellence. It can lead to a BA (Hons) top up in Early Childhood and/or a Primary Teaching qualification.

This course is for students who currently work or volunteer in a school or college setting. Different approaches and theories will be explored and linked to excellent practice within the sector.

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student