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The Learning Institute

The Learning Institute

Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning (2018-19 entry)

Key features

  • This degree is designed specifically for those working or interested in working in an educational capacity with children and young people.
  • It will develop your skills and expertise in teaching and learning whilst allowing you to live, work and study locally.
  • It will develop key skills to prepare for further study and/or employment and lifelong learning, and support those seeking promotion to wider professional roles.
  • The Foundation Degree provides a step towards acquiring a full honours degree, with top-up options available in the South West and London.
  • The full honours degree opens up the possibility of routes in to teaching.

Entry requirements  

If you are aged 21 or over you do not need any qualifications to apply for the Foundation Degree. However, if you are under the age of 21 you will need one A Level or an equivalent qualification (32 UCAS tariff points).

It is a requirement that all students undertake a minimum of ten hours per week, either voluntary or employed, in a work place setting supporting children or young people throughout their degree.

A valid Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.  Please note, you may need to pay for this yourself before commencing your studies.

About the course 

The Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills within the broad field of education in order to meet the current and future demands of your role. The course is accredited by the University of Worcester and delivered by The Learning Institute at venues across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucester and London.  You will therefore enjoy the benefits and support of being a University of Worcester student, whilst at the same time being able to live, work and study locally.

The delivery of the Foundation Degree combines direct contact time such as lectures, workshops and tutorials, with directed and independent studying.  You will develop a profile of skills, achievements and experiences enabling you to flourish and be successful in your studies, developing both subject specific knowledge and skills, as well as transferable knowledge and key skills for future employment.

You will be taught by lecturers who are both experienced and knowledgable in the theory and practice of specialist areas in the degree programme.  Additionally, you will be allocated a personal academic tutor, offering high quality support and guidance through your academic studies.  Lecturers on the FDTL provide group and individual student support via face-to-face and email tutorials.

The degree is taught in modules held weekly on the same day, school term-time only, each of which has around 25 contact hours of teaching.  Typically, sessions run from 1.30pm to 7.30pm, and two Cornwall venues 9.30am to 3.30pm. You will be required to attend all taught sessions across the year.  In between the taught sessions you will be expected to complete learning activities, undertaking around 100 hours of personal self-study per module.  

As this is a work-based degree, you are required to be in a work setting, related to children and young people, for a minimum of 10 hours per week.  This can either be as a paid member of staff or on a voluntary basis. You will be expected to find and organise a relevant placement yourself.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed in each module through formative activities and a range of summative assignments, such as academic essays, portfolios and reflective evaluations. 

What you can expect to study? 

An overview of current modules available on this course is set out below. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Level 4

  • Introduction to study skills
  • The principles of practitioner reflection
  • Safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Introduction to the development of children and young people
  • Understanding motivation and behaviour in children and young people
  • Curriculum development
  • Work-based project

Level 5

  • Reflective journal
  • Meeting the individual needs of children and young people with specific learning difficulties
  • Behaviour for learning
  • Planning, assessment and evaluating learning
  • Supporting teaching and learning
  • Work-based independent study

Career progression 

Once you have completed the Foundation Degree you have the option to progress to a full honours degree through The Learning Institute and the University of Worcester, to a BA (Hons) Professional Practice or a BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  Graduates also have the opportunity to progress into a variety of alternative courses elsewhere.  This is subject to selection and recruitment processes, availability of places and completion of Recognition of Prior Learning. This can also be your gateway to initial teacher training. 

How much will it cost and how do I apply? 

Course fees for academic year 2018-19: £9250 per year

Applicants need to apply through UCAS, the central organisation through which all full-time Higher Education applications are processed in the UK. You will need the following codes:

University Code: W80

Course Code: XX12

Campus Code: I (capital i)

For further information please email the recruitment team: 

Alternatively you can call one of our offices:

Callington 01579 386123 or Roche 01726 891807