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Learning and Teaching (FDLT)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

If you work in a school and have a role supporting teaching and learning, for example as a teaching assistant, unqualified teacher, cover supervisor, learning mentor, HLTA or learning support assistant, the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching is a recognised qualification for your role and could provide opportunities for career development.

Updated 15/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    73X7

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    2 years full time
    3 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

Highlights

  • Two locations to study from based on student numbers.
  • Employment-based course to fit with your schedule.
  • Recognised qualification for teaching assistants
  • Exemption from certain modules if you have relevant prior qualifications
  • Highly experienced and supportive tutor team
  • Progression to honours degrees and teacher training programmes, as well as other roles within education

Course Content

  • This course aims to develop your understanding of children’s learning and build on your ability to support teachers in raising pupil achievement, as well as looking at some of the wider aspects of school provision. You will be encouraged to analyse your work in the context of best practice, relevant principles and research.  The course also provides support for developing and extending the skills, knowledge and understanding related to the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) professional standards.

    The FDLT is equivalent to the first two years of a full time undergraduate honours degree, and you can progress to the BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching Top-up to achieve a Bachelor’s degree. Our programme is specifically designed for teaching assistants to help with your professional development. Attendance one day a week at university helps to fit your study around your work. By the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate excellent practice, underpinned by theoretical understanding, through a range of assignments and portfolios of evidence. Our experienced and supportive tutors, alongside mentors in your workplace, will help you to excel.

    Modules are designed to extend your professional competence and understanding beyond the HLTA standards.  Please note that none of the modules confer HLTA status. If you have prior relevant higher education qualifications, or are already an HLTA, you may be able to get exemption for some modules.

    Each year of this qualification gives you 120 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) – year one at level four and year two at level five.

    At 240 CATS points, you will be able to progress, through a third year, to the BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching degree.

    This course is taught at two venues, subject to numbers:

    • University of Northampton, Waterside Campus
    • Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester LE2 0LA
    • Module code: PDT1065
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to engage students in studying the theory and practice of supporting learning the assessment of learning and of learner need and principles of planning to advance learning. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop their own study skills.
    • Module code: PDT1078
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to facilitate students' understanding of their role within their education setting. It asks students to consider how they work as members of a professional team and how they develop their understanding of pupil support.
    • Module code: PDT1076
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is develop students? confidence and ability in using digital technology across the curriculum to support their own learning and that of the pupils they work with.
    • Module code: PDT1066
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of the barriers to learning experienced by learners with diverse needs including special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The module aims to enable students to develop strategies to support these learners within their settings and to promote inclusive practice.
    • Module code: PDT1068
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop students' subject knowledge and their understanding of pedagogy in English and Mathematics.They will explore current theoretical perspectives on effective learning and teaching in English and Mathematics and how these relate to practice.
    • Module code: PDT1077
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is develop students? ability to formally reflect on their learning and develop professional development plans
  • How will I be taught?

    Sessions are taught one day per week and your face-to-face teaching will be consolidated with online materials, work-based practice and personal tutoring.

    You will spend one day per week at the University over two years, spending the rest of your time in your workplace, consolidating your academic studies and building experience.

    How will I be assessed?

    There are no exams. Instead, assessments include practical projects, presentations, assignments, research and portfolios of work practice.

  • You must demonstrate the ability to undertake intermediate degree level study, through prior qualifications at NVQ level 3 or equivalent. Appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy are required to support learners in schools and usually a minimum of two years’ experience working as a teaching assistant.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Students who wish to complete this course in two years will be classed as full time even though attendance is only required one day a week. Students need to apply for funding as a full time student with Student Finance.

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2020/21. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    2019/2020

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2019/20. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Students who wish to complete this course in two years will be classed as full time even though attendance is only required one day a week. Students need to apply for funding as a full time student with Student Finance.

  • The University of Northampton is proud to offer a wide range of education courses that you can progress on to after completing your Learning and Teaching FdA award, on the basis you meet the minimum requirements.

    Learning and Teaching Top-Up BA 

Careers and Employability

This course gives you the opportunity to progress onto an honours degree and can provide a route to Qualified Teacher Status including through an employment-based scheme or similar.

Is this course for you?