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Newman University Teaching

Teaching and Learning Support Foundation Degree

Course length: 2 years full-time; 3 years part-time


OverviewResearch has shown that teaching and learning support assistants are an essential part of the effective education of children in schools. This Foundation Degree course is intended for those who are currently employed or volunteering in a support capacity within a primary or secondary school and it has been designed to build on and acknowledge your existing professional skills. It also aims to improve the confidence and effectiveness which you bring to your work, and prepare the ground for progression onto career possibilities including teaching.

The Foundation Degree Teaching and Learning Support, is a highly regarded qualification within the field. It has been designed in consultation with employers and other education practitioners. It is a work-based qualification that may provide progression onto the final year of an Honours degree course, and, for those who wish to, can be the first step towards a teaching career.

The course has been designed to allow students to develop an understanding of the curriculum, education policy, principles of education and becoming a researcher. The course is intended to equip its graduates with an awareness of the changing field of the school workforce, particularly in terms of integrated working and extended school provision.

Who should take this course?

The course is intended for teaching assistants or those working or volunteering in similar capacities supporting learners in primary or secondary schools.


Full time: Taught sessions will be on one day / and one early evening session.

Part time: Taught sessions will be on one evening a week between 4.00 – 8.30.

Full time and Part time: In addition to the taught sessions you will need to spend at least two days or 10 hours a week volunteering or working in an appropriate educational setting.


Assessment will be through a range of work-based strategies such as portfolios, presentations, written reports and interviews with tutors. There will also be directed study and module tasks (some work-based) to complete in your own time.

Special features

This course will enable the development of your own expertise and will support you to explore your own education interests in-depth. You will be able to share relevant experiences and ideas with professionals leading the course and also with fellow students. You will be respected as a learner, as your needs will be taken into account to develop independent study skills which will be transferable to other education contexts.


A foundation degree is a nationally recognised qualification that may support progression within your current teaching assistant role. After successful completion you may top-up your award to a full, related BA (Hons) Degree. Completion of an honours degree will enable you to pursue a career in teaching, although further study and qualifications are needed.

How to apply

Full-time: Apply via UCAS, course code X390.

Part-time: Apply directly to Newman University, click on the brown rectangle at the top of the right hand column above (below the search box).