FdA Supporting Learning & Teaching

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 5
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£4000 per year
(previous year's fees)
This programme is validated by New College Durham


This programme will help you to play an important role in creating a thriving learning environment either in the
classroom as a learning support assistant, teaching assistant or another related role in this rewarding sector.

It will provide the opportunity for professional development, to broaden your knowledge of learning and teaching and develop an understanding of your role and that of the teacher.


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Higher Education Centre

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Bespoke training with Safeguarding Consultant

FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning students enjoyed a CPD evening with Safeguarding Consultant, Fiona Parker.


  • Promote the continuous professional development of those working in a learning support capacity
  • To improve the qualifications of practitioners and enable professionals employed within the sector to enhance their career prospects.
  • Provide opportunity for those wishing to pursue a career in an educational context, to gain knowledge, skills and experience that will improve their chances of securing employment or promotion within the sector
  • The curriculum will develop the essential skills of a higher education student, through reading, reflection, research and academic writing
  • The curriculum will develop skills and knowledge that will provide a vocational route into all phases of education from primary to FE and training, therefore widening the participation of students that would not normally aspire to higher education.


Level 4
  • Personal & Professional Development in Work Related Learning (40 credits)
  • Assessment for Learning (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Planning and Delivering Learning Sessions (20 credits)
  • Developmental Theory: Psychology of Development in Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (20 creditis).

Level 5
  • Career Development (20 credits)
  • Individual Study (40 credits)
  • SEN and Inclusion (20 marks)
  • Classroom and Behaviour Management (20 credits)
  • Influences on the Curriculum (20 credits).

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

You could progress to study BA (Hons) Education & Training (Top-up) at New College Durham.

Meet our students

Nicole Bourner - Education & Training

Nicola Bourner

Nicola looks forward to becoming a fully qualified teacher.

Matthew Allan

Matthew Allan

Matthew won 'Support Staff of the Year' and went on to achieve a BA (Hons) in Education & Training (Top-up) at New College Durham.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview in college with a member of the Education team.

Please bring your certificates for all qualifications including GCSE Maths and English.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

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European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits:


Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:

Standard entry criteria:

  • You will need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C or 4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  • If you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3 – 16, you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C or 4, or above, in a GCSE science subject.
  • A minimum of 72 UCAS credits in childcare/education-related course; or NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification or equivalent
  • Minimum of 1 day or equivalent per week as a teaching or learning support assistant (paid or voluntary capacity) for a minimum of 25 weeks per academic year; or 2 years of recent prior experience working as a learning support professional in an educational context (minimum of 1 day per week.

Non-standard entry criteria:

  • Evidence of significant work experience or employment within the education sector.
  • You will need to be working towards a standard equivalent to grade C or 4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics/L2 Functional Skills or equivalent.
  • If you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3 – 16, you will need to be working towards a standard equivalent to a grade C or 4, or above, in a GCSE science subject.