Course Overview

This foundation degree is focused on the teaching and learning of children and young people, aged up to 25 years old. It will develop your awareness of current educational issues and policies, and the impact on the role of the teaching assistant and other support staff. The course will increase your knowledge and understanding of the needs and characteristics of different types of learners, including children, young adults and people with learning difficulties.

You will also gain a range of effective skills for supporting teaching and learning in a team work context. Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) develops the underpinning knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, the psychology of education, and the principles of working with children, families and other professionals to support the holistic needs of children and young people. Level 5 (Year 2 for full-time students) develops the foundations of understanding from Level 4 to support the progression of more critical thinking skills such as analysing the impacts of learning difficulties, the curriculum, behavioural difficulties and society on children and young people’s learning and development, and the practices of learning support assistants.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Foundation Degree
Awarded by
University of Plymouth
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2021 - June 2023 (full-time) September 2021 - June 2024 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2020-21 are:
BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)
Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)
Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

Tuition fees for part-time courses commencing September 2020 are £1400 per 20 credits.

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