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Supporting Teaching and Learning in School Foundation Degree

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Course outline

If you’re currently working in a school in Foundation Stage or Key Stage One or Two, this course will allow you to progress your career towards Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

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

This is a flexible, work-based, blended learning programme which makes use of our online learning system and incorporates evening and weekend delivery.

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, in either a voluntary or paid capacity. 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

Next steps

Applications for this course open in September 2017.

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Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL


03 September 2018 - 25 June 2021

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Supporting Teaching and Learning in School Foundation Degree


3 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points. 

Normally you would be expected to have:

  • a current and valid Level 3 Childcare/Early Years qualifications such as NNEB, DCE, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, NVQ Level 3
  • preferably GCSEs in Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above, or have equivalent qualifications at Level 2 (if you wish to progress to teacher training you’ll also need GCSEs in English Language, Maths and a science at grade 4 (C))

You’ll be invited to an interview and asked for suitable references.

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 also be needed.

During the course you must be in paid employment in the sector for at least 15 hours per week.

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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