Higher Education

Learning Support Foundation Degree

Full-Time + Part-Time

This programme is validated and quality assured by the University of Worcester and delivered at Halesowen College as a partner of the University

About this course

This career-focused course is ideal for students who are currently employed in (or have access to) a learning support environment.

This course will support you to develop a personal approach to practice by furthering your understanding of education. You will be encouraged to draw upon your existing skills, knowledge and experience as well as recognise your strengths and resolve personal professional development needs. The course modules are designed to give you the necessary expertise and knowledge to confidently tackle problems in a range of working environments and to put your studies to use in the real world.

You will engage in a range of learning and assessment styles and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting work. Work-based assignments will enable you to engage with your own practice and to share knowledge and expertise with others through activities such as group work and presentations. In the second year of the course you will undertake a work-based study which will allow you, with individual tutorial support, to focus on a particular area of interest within your professional practice.

What are the attendance arrangements?

The full time course lasts for two years. Attendance is two days per week at College and two days per week in a paid or voluntary work placement in an appropriate setting.

There is also a part time route; attendance is one evening per week for two and a half years. Students following the part time route also need to be in a volunteer or work position.

Students will be required to attend a Saturday Induction programme at the University of Worcester in Year 1.

What are the entry requirements?

32 UCAS Tariff points

  • Acceptable qualifications include a minimum of 1 A Level and maximum of 3 1/2 A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, for example the CACHE Diploma or EdExcel BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.
  • Evidence of level 2 Literacy is required, for example key skills or functional skills at level 2 or GCSE English language at Grade C/4 or above. If you do not have evidence of Literacy at level 2, it will be necessary to complete a non-standard entry essay to demonstrate competence in written English.
  • Current police clearance to work with young children (DBS check). Relevant forms will be sent by admissions on receipt of a firm acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.
  • A testimony / reference that supports the your suitability for the course.

Practitioners who do not hold the qualifications outlined above will be considered on the basis of prior professional experience and related learning.


  • Preparing for study
  • Creative curriculum (1) Supporting Literacy and Numeracy
  • Creative Curriculum (2) Creativity and Learning
  • Child development
  • Understanding Learning support
  • Managing challenging Behaviour
  • Partnerships in education
  • Wider aspects of disability
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Inclusion in theory & practice
  • Supporting additional needs
  • School-based study (double module)
  • Talking & Listening with Others
  • Meeting the national agenda
  • Evaluation

Modules are subject to review

What are the methods of assessment?

There are written assignments throughout the course together with individual and group presentations, case studies and portfolios. There are no examinations.

All modules will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods graded A through to E. At all times UW Academic Quality Unit requirements apply.

Employability and Progression

The course provides a sound basis for further study at Bachelors degree level including progression to the BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up or BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families Top-up at Worcester. Students may also be eligible to apply for entry on to the BA (Hons) Primary Initial Teacher Education (with QTS) or BA (Hons) Applied Health and Social Sciences Top-up degree dependent on experience.

Students seeking progression to a PGCE or similar teacher training course at a later date would need at achieve GCSE English, Maths and Science.


Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3NA
Note: delivery sites may change dependent upon viable recruitment


Although enrolled students will be defined as Full Time and Part Time students of the University of Worcester, the course will be held at Halesowen College. Students will have access to resources and facilities at both sites.


Tuition Fee (Full-time Students) - £9,250 per year

Tuition Fee (Part-time Students) - £1,156 per 15 credit module

Course code

X300 (Full-time and Part-time)

How to apply

Applications for the full time course should be made online through UCAS. Applications for the part time course should be made through the University of Worcester. The application form is available at:


Other Information

The University of Worcester is committed to offering education to a diverse range of applicants. If you have prior learning (APL) which includes accreditation of certificated learning (APCL) and experiential learning (APEL) you may be able to use these to gain credits towards the Foundation Degree.

The following are required for both standard and non-standard entry:

  • A statement of support from your current employer to provide the time, opportunity and support for work-based requirements and release to attend university-based study
  • A testimony from an appropriately qualified referee
  • Evidence of current police check (DBS) clearance to work with young children

Practice learning can be supported within a range of early years settings, including children’s centres and childminders and schools.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Derham: Course Leader Foundation Degree Learning Support.

Clare Vincent: Student Adviser (Progression and Employment) 0121 602 7650 email cvincent@halesowen.ac.uk

Delivery — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Independent Study 20% 20%
Placement 40% 40%
Timetabled Classes 40% 40%
Delivery — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Independent Study 20% 20% 20%
Placement 40% 40% 40%
Timetabled Classes 40% 40% 40%
Assessment — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Coursework 50% 50%
Practical 50% 50%
Written 0% 0%
Assessment — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Coursework 50% 50% 50%
Practical 50% 50% 50%
Written 0% 0% 0%