About the course:

This course is ideal for you if you work or volunteer in the classroom as a learning assistant or in a related role such as a learning mentor linked to a school or college and wish to progress your skills or become a teacher. It is a full-time programme offered in partnership with the University of Greenwich.

How to Apply

Full time programme (2 years):

  • UCAS Code XX12
  • You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
  • The Institution code for Bromley College is B97

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Entry requirements

  • GCSEs - grades A*-C in English and maths or Level 2 equivalent
  • A Level in a relevant subject or Level 3 equivalent

If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • You must be working (either paid or voluntary) in an appropriate school provision for two days per week throughout the 2 years of the program (300 hours per year)
  • Enhanced DBS clearance which is needed for your work/placement when undertaking the course.
  • Mature students without formal qualifications may be considered as a result of life and work experience following an entry test.

What you will study

You will study a variety of areas relevant to working in schools/settings in the education sector. You will be able to critically reflect and analyse these issues from an academic perspective whilst relating to and evaluating these against your work-based professional practice. 
You will study 120 credits in each year, making a total of 240 credits; 120 credits at Level 4 in Year 1 and 120 credits at Level 5 in Year 2.


    The world of Education (15 credits)

    Year 1 Level 4

    The World of Education: Policy, Provision and Practice (30 credits)

    The course introduces contemporary education provision in other countries with a specific focus on the UK context. Significant policy initiatives will be explored to identify how these inform and impact on provision and practice.  You will explore the historical context that impacts on current education policy as well as the role of education in modern day society.

    This module is assessed through a poster presentation and a 3000 word written exploring the impact of a specific policy on teaching and learning.

    Professional Practice Portfolio (30 credits)

    This is a work based course that requires you to reflect on professional practice in the workplace. You will evaluate your own professional skills, abilities and competencies and through comparison with professional standards and competencies, form a basis for your own continued professional development. It provides an opportunity for you to reflect on your prior experiential learning and evaluate current practice. 

    This module is assessed through a 1500 word reflective statement and a portfolio of tasks collated during the academic year. 

    Learner and Education (30 credits)

    This course sets out to introduce you to the key issues of lifespan development. The focus will be on the psychology of learning and development from 0-18 yrs. You will explore biological, social and cognitive aspects of development and through discussion of contemporary issues and debates, gain insights into how to adapt you role in education settings to meet the needs of individual students to create personalised learning programmes.  

    This module is assessed by 2000 word book analysis in which you will apply principles of lifespan development to an autobiographical book and you will also carry out a small scale investigation exploring a theory of psychology and learning.

    Supporting the Curriculum (30 credits)

    This module will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to support learners through different stages and phases of the curriculum.  You will explore planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation of a range of activities to support groups and individuals in an education setting.  Key issues relating to cultural diversity, equality of opportunity, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice will be explored and how these are embedded in the curriculum.

    This module is assessed through a 2000 word written case study and a practical portfolio of equivalent to 3000 words evidencing how you have supported learners to develop their skills.

    Year 2 (Level 5)

    Social Pedagogy (30 credits)

    Social Pedagogy is an approach to meeting the holistic needs of children, young people and adults. The philosophy of social pedagogy is underpinned by a belief in the learner, their competences and resourcefulness. In this module you will explore values that underpin social pedagogy that maintain a belief in the learner at the centre of service provision and, to develop the knowledge and skills of social pedagogy that promotes collaborative relationships between the worker and the person being helped to promote holistic development.

    This module is assessed through a 3000 word essay and practical element where you create poster/leaflet with accompanying essay.

    Negotiated Professional Investigation (30 credits)

    This course is designed to support professionals in investigating and making changes to an aspect of their own practice or those who wish to explore a topic of their own interest and relevance which will develop provision and practice.

    You will gain an insight to research methods carry out your own project, normally in the form of an action research project.  You will negotiate a title/topic through discussion with your tutor and present a proposal form for acceptance by your employer.  You will then carry out the research in your setting and collate and analyse the results.

    The main assessment for this module is through a 4000 word project report.

    Understanding the Psychological, Social and Emotional Aspects of Behaviour (30 credits)

    In this module you will further develop your understanding of sociological factors which impact on behaviour and provide students with a framework for understanding the impact an individual’s psychological well-being can also have on behaviour.

    This module is assessed through a formal presentation and a written essay of 3000 words.

    Supporting Learners with Additional Educational Needs (30 credits)

    The overall aim of this course is to provide you with the ability to critically analyse developments and changes in policy and practice for children and young people perceived as having special and additional educational needs (AEN). The course will use historical, philosophical, psychological and sociological perspectives to review these developments, to examine the role of professionals, and to reflect on the reasons for changing school and classroom practice.

    Assessment is through a formal presentation and a 3000 word written assignment exploring how the needs of learners with AEN are addressed in the setting.



    Assessment methods are varied and include practical work, assignments, essays, presentations, short tests and examinations


    You can apply for a student loan for this course

    Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet. 

    You will be required to cover the cost of:

    - Text books 

    - Travel to other sites - Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student 

    - Library Fees and Fines - Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable 

    - Printing and photocopying - The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student  

    - Graduation ceremonies - It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student 



    The course is delivered at London South East Colleges (Bromley Campus) and you will study for one full day per week of approximately 7.5 hours.


    The course is made up of taught lectures, independent study time and tutorials

    You will be introduced to key topics and concepts during the modules but are required to engage with additional wider reading and research to enhance your chance of success on the course



    In addition to attending your taught sessions you are expected to engage with wider reading and research in your own time.  This will involve further exploring the topics introduced in lectures and preparing your module assignments.

    It is a course requirement that you are in a work-based setting for 300 hours per year during the course.  This works out as around 2 days or approximately 15 hrs per week.  This allows you to link theory and practice throughout the each module and you will draw directly upon your work based experiences for most of your assignments.

    Each 15 credit module is made up of 30 hours teaching normally over a 10 – 12 week period.  You will be studying more than one module at once so will need to be quite organised in your study skills and file management.


    This is a work-based course so your placement means you are continuously linking theory to industry-based practice throughout.  Most assignments require you to specifically draw upon, and use, the experience gained from your work-setting. 


    You will be taught by an academic team that consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience.  All our team members hold teaching qualifications and some hold Masters qualifications.  All lecturers have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.  


    Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, you will be awarded the FDa Supporting teaching and learning in Schools

    Progression could be to a relevant ‘top up’ program to gain level 6 and complete your BA(Hons) such as the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies Top Up and BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care Top Up

    Top up programmes may have a grade point average requirement minimum therefore progression is not automatic

    You can also apply to complete your final year studies at another university, usually in a related subject area.  You would need check that they will recognise your Level 4 and Level 5 credits.

    Employment in the education sector.


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