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FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Part-time

Course outline

If you’re currently working in a school in Key Stage One or Two, this course will allow you to progress your career towards Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) following successful completion of the foundation degree and a top-up year to achieve a full degree.

During the course you’ll be able to relate assignments and study to the Key Stage(s) that you are working in.

You could pursue Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status whilst studying on the course.

You’ll need to work for at least ten hours per week in a suitable post. A statement of support and commitment from your employer/ mentor stating that they will be able to meet the full range of roles and responsibilities in the workplace will be needed.

We are one of the largest providers of Level 3 Teaching Assistant/ Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications in the East Midlands. This programme builds on the success of this outstanding provision.

We have worked with local authorities in planning this course to ensure it is meeting the needs of practitioners who are involved in this changing role.

You’ll study the following subjects:

  • Study skills and current initiatives
  • Personal development and professional practice
  • Understanding and supporting literacy and numeracy skills
  • Anti-discriminatory practice
  • Assessment for learning
  • Development and wellbeing
  • Understanding and supporting science in the curriculum
  • Safeguarding children - child protection
  • Meeting individual needs
  • Managing behaviour
  • Working with parents and carers to support children
  • Educational concepts
  • Managing your professional role

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Would you like more information? Email our HE team.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £4,500

Course code: C000547 / Q003045


Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning in School


3 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

A level 3 qualification in Early Years, Childcare and Education or Supporting Teaching and Learning is most desirable.

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Each assessment will be related to your professional role.

The programme will use a variety of assessment methods to ensure that you adequately cover each of the learning outcomes.


You could continue your studies to obtain a BA (Hons) degree and then, if you wish, progress on to a primary teacher training programme to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF