FdA Education Learning Support

Start Date
Course Course
Childcare & Education
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

This foundation degree with help you to gain the knowledge and skills to support children and young people to reach their full learning potential. You will develop your knowledge of theory, research and policy in education, and apply your learning to your own professional practice. If you work alongside teachers in a support role, in an educational setting for children or young people, or in an early years setting which delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, this course will develop your skills and enhance your career prospects. The foundation degree can be used to gain leadership and management roles across a range of early years settings, and can lead to further study at Level 6, including degrees which confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Key Units

Year One

  • Children's Development
  • Developing Local Community Partnership
  • Health And Well-being
  • Professional Roles In Educational Settings
  • Teaching and Learning
  • The Contemporary Curriculum
Year Two
  • Educational Inclusion
  • Enabling Environments
  • Partnership, Collaboration and Team Working
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Social Inclusion In Educational Contexts
  • The Reflective Practitioner

Entry Requirements

UCAS Points

This course requires 104 UCAS point. This must include least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National or CACHE qualifications. For example:
  • BCC at A Level
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels and EPQ
You can find information about UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C/4
  • Mathematics at grade C/4
We may accept GCSE equivalents.

Employment/Work Experience
All applicants must have at least two years experience working or volunteering in the childcare or education sector and Level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy. Where applicants can demonstrate substantial experience in the sector we may accept a lower level of achievement at Level 3.

International Students
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill area.


Throughout the course you will learn and be assessed via a number of methods, including:

  • work-based learning
  • lectures and seminars
  • self-directed study
  • tutorials and workshops

Where does this Lead

On completion of the full Level 5 qualification students are eligible to apply to Sheffield Hallam University to join the top-up year - this will enable you to gain your QTS at Level 6. 

Future Opportunities

After completing this foundation degree you can progress to the BA (Hons) Education and Learning Support (top-up), or apply for a two-year top-up course to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course prepares you for a career in:
  • leadership and management
  • teaching
  • additional learning support
  • children and families

Tell Me More


This programme is delivered at our Hillsborough Campus where you will have access to our Learning Resource Centre and support skills staff. University level students can also make use of our dedicated HE Common Room.

Extra Costs

Students will be required to obtain an enhanced DBS in order to undertake their placement. 

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