This Foundation Degree is designed for people currently engaged in providing support for learning and/or teaching in schools or other settings.
The course is taught one afternoon a week so you can fit study alongside your other work and family commitments. You'll be taught by friendly and supportive staff, experienced in working with adult learners and with substantial professional experience in the sector. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.
On successful completion you can progress to the Learning and Teaching BA top-up degree. Many of our Foundation Degree and BA graduates progress to managerial positions both within and outside the education sector.
The Foundation Degree is aimed at those currently engaged in providing support for learning and/or teaching, not just in schools but in a wide range of learning support roles, including further and higher education, the voluntary sector, libraries and museums.
We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.
The course runs one afternoon a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other family commitments.
If you're interested in studying full-time you may also be interested in the Learning and Teaching specialist pathway available through our Professional Studies BA programme.
Our Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (SEND) is designed for those who are interested in working with SEND in specialist and mainstream settings.
This course is designed to produce practitioners who are able to question and critically analyse education policies and initiatives and who can make an informed contribution to their organisation. It is structured and delivered in such a way that you have the opportunity to understand and assimilate new ideas and concepts and to apply these in practice. The Foundation Degree and top-up BA are firmly rooted in professional practice and combine scholarly activities with learning through experience of work. The course develops your skills in supporting learners and optional modules allow you to develop more specialised skills and knowledge in areas which affect your own practice.
In year 1 you'll cover academic skills and how learners learn and will be introduced to child development, inclusion and SEND. In years 2 and 3 core modules cover developing teaching skills, education perspectives and policy, creating learning resources and understanding research. You also choose optional modules which may include areas such as introduction to dyslexia, counselling skills, coaching and mentoring, mental health, families and young people.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, you can progress onto the BA Learning and Teaching top-up degree, which will involve a further two years part-time study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.
A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. The Learning and Teaching course provides you with skills that can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers which involve supporting learning, some of these are in education but many are in other areas e.g. public and college libraries, voluntary sector organisations, children's centres and hospitals. Many students go onto learning support and managerial roles in education such as managing teams of learning mentors, teaching assistants and behaviour support workers. Sucessful completion of the BA enables students to apply for a postgraduate teacher training course.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
Find out more about the support available to LLC students and the University's Careers website.
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