Glyndwr University

FdA Learning Support

Why choose this course?

If you're pursuing a career supporting learners, this foundation degree could be your next step. Combining taught modules and work-based learning, you'll consider the sociological, historical, psychological, philosophical and contemporary aspects of education and develop the skills and knowledge required within the educational workplace.

The course:

  • will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the role of learning support in differing contexts and a wide variety of educational settings
  • will provide learners with the skills required to communicate and engage effectively with children and young people; whilst promoting understanding of the needs of the individual child or young person within the educational setting to effectively support their educational development in addition to heeding safeguarding and promoting their welfare
  • enable learners to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the preparation, planning, delivery, support and evaluation of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of all learners

Entry Requirements

The academic requirements for the course are;

  • 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-Level or equivalent level 3 qualification.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English or Welsh (First Language), plus grade C/4 or above in Mathematics or Science, or equivalent. 
  • evidence of paid employment within, or a voluntary commitment to, an educational or specialist setting, appropriate to the programme of study, for a minimum of 100 hours per year to allow for work-based learning activities to be conducted throughout the duration of the course.


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

These programmes are for those seeking a career in an educational environment (schools and other settings), supporting a wide range of learners. You may wish to:

  • be or become a Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant in either a mainstream setting, a resource provision unit or special school in either the primary, secondary or post-compulsory sectors or join the local authority support services
  • progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) via a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (following a level 6 top-up year after the FdA) 
  • progress to a Post-compulsory Education and Training qualification (PcET)
  • progress to other postgraduate study, e.g. a Master’s degree in Education

Course Details


In Year 1 you will develop your professional knowledge, application of theory to work-based practice, confidence and skills in the following areas: studying at university level, supporting learners with additional learning needs including learners with SpLD/Dyslexia and managing learner behaviour. Academic theory will be linked to practice through work-based learning.


  • The Confident Learner
  • An Introduction to ALN/SEN
  • Supporting Pupils with SpLD/Dyslexia
  • Managing Learner Behaviour
  • Work-Based Learning (One)


In Year 2 the course content provides further opportunities for consolidation and breadth of learning through affording opportunities for deeper insights into key themes associated with education within its wider context, policies, practices and pedagogy, including supporting teaching and learning, promoting effective learning environments and supporting inclusion and diversity. Academic theory will be linked to practice through work-based learning.


  • Research Methods
  • The Effective Learning Environment
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning 
  • Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
  • Work-Based Learning (Two)
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