Learning Support, University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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About Learning Support at University of Portsmouth


If you’re currently working in learning support – such as in a teaching assistant role – and you’re ready to take the next step in your career, our Foundation degree (FdA) in Learning Support will put you on the right track.

As a learning support professional, you play an invaluable role in enabling children to realise what they’re capable of. Your experience is excellent groundwork from which to develop greater educational support expertise, or even to move towards becoming a teacher. 

We know you’re busy in the classroom, so we’ve made it simple to complete your studies alongside your job by studying at one of our partner colleges. Whichever you choose, you’ll be a student of the University of Portsmouth, so you’ll have access to all of our facilities and support.

When you graduate, you'll have new skills and insight to bring to your learning support role. You could also use your foundation degree to access further study that leads to Qualified Teacher Status.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU.

You can study at one of our partner colleges: Eastleigh College (full-time only), Isle of Wight College (full-time only)

While studying at our partner colleges, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

Course Highlights

  • Develop your teaching assistant skills by exploring how best to support learners across key subject areas such as literacy and numeracy
  • Discover how to support children with a range of needs, including those with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Learn in supportive study groups, alongside other teaching assistants from different educational backgrounds, and find out how to take the knowledge and skills you learn in our classroom back to yours
  • Be taught by expert staff with extensive experience, using dynamic and relevant teaching methods to help you get the most out of your studies
  • Study alongside your job at one of our partner colleges: Eastleigh College (full time only), Isle of Wight College (full time only) or St Vincent College (part time only)

Careers and opportunities

This Learning Support Foundation degree (FdA) will enrich your classroom experience with the education theory, best practice approaches and professional recognition you need to best support children in an assisting role, or to progress on a new career path towards becoming a teacher.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are to be working in either a voluntary or paid relevant educational setting for a minimum equivalence of one day a week. All applicants will need to attend an interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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