Foundation Degree (FdA) Education & Learning
  • Validated: Validated by University of Roehampton

Validated by the University of Roehampton, this Foundation Degree seeks to support teaching assistants in gaining the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to work effectively as a skilled professional educator; it will also widen access to higher education and develop the career prospects of those supporting teaching and learning in primary and secondary education.

Students have the opportunity to gain 240 credits and achieve a Foundation Degree.  Students can then apply to do the final year and complete a further 120 level 6 credits and achieve a full Honours Degree.This vocational programme is a coherant itegration of Higher Education level work and work-based learning. It equips students with the current knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively engage with the govrnment's vision of education for the future; this degree offers an intellectually rigorous analysis of educational processes, systems and approaches within their cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts.

Please contact Inogen MacKenzie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information regarding applying for the course and applying for a student loan.



Course Content

First Year

  • Introduction to Education and Learning
  • Personal and Academic Development Portfolio
  • Theoretical Perspectives of Learning
  • Social and Behavioural Aspects of Learning
  • Planning for the Curriculum


Second Year

  • Education in Social Context
  • Exploring a Creative Curriculum
  • Special and Inclusive Education
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Work Based Enquiry 

[toggle state="close" title="Entry Requirements"]Students will be required to have a paid or voluntary position in a school for at least 16 hours per week while completing this degree.

It is recognised that applicants are likely to have a wide variety of educational backgrounds and will be mostly people over the age of 21.

Students will have at least one year’s vocational experience before joining the programme. All applicants will be interviewed by a member of the programme team where they will need to evidence their capacity, through selection tasks, to engage successfully with degree-level study.

In order to progress to the full Honours degree, students will have achieved 240 credits from the Foundation Degree in Education and Learning.  They will also be interviewed and asked to complete selection tasks.


  • Work-based projects
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Essays

The course is divided into 10 modules. Each module has a credit value, referred to as CATS credits (Credit Accumulation & Transfer Scheme).

In Year 1, 120 credits at Level 4 must be gained from successful completion of the prescribed modules.

In Year 2, a further 120 credits at level 5 must be gained from successful completion of the prescribed modules for the foundation degree to be conferred.


Those supporting teaching and learning in primary and secondary education, in either mainstream or specialist settings.

Students may secure sponsorship for their studies from their employer. Students are eligible to apply for funds from the government's Higher Education Student Loan Scheme and to their Local Education Authority for help with paying tuition fees.


Two years; this is a work-based full time degree - College attendance one evening per week (4.30pm-9.30pm), plus 12 Saturday sessions (9.30am - 4pm) spread over the year.


On successful completion of the programme students will have an opportunity to progress to an Honours degree as a precursor to gaining a teaching quaklification or taking up other options within the sector.

Additional Information

Please note that this course is defined as Full Time when applying via for student finance.

UCAS Codes

  • College Code - C24
  • Course code - XX19
  • Please contact the college for details regarding Course Fees. A student loan is available for this course.

Please note; although UCAS has cut-off dates, we do not and we continue to recruit until the course starts in September.  Contact me direct if you have trouble with UCAS - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.


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