FdA Learning Support at Stanmore College

Runs from 05/01/2018 to 06/07/2018.


Course Content

This foundation degree, delivered in partnership with the University of Portsmouth, is designed to encompass the wide range of topics associated with being a learning support professional. Students are encouraged to continually reflect on their studies and relate their learning to their professional roles. Some of the topics covered in the course include:

  • Strategies for supporting learner’s individual needs, understanding the range of special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Investigating theories of learning and understanding their use to support learning.
  • Exploring assessment and its impact on learning.
  • Social and emotional needs of students.
  • Developing support for numeracy and literacy.

There will also be opportunities to improve personal skills related to your work-based setting and academic requirements.

The course will be delivered over a two year period, one day a week in College on a Tuesday. You will also be expected to spend a considerable amount of time on self-directed, independent study, included applying the content from each unit into practice within your workplace and reflecting on the impact and consequences, which will then form the basis of your future learning.

• First year of delivery (level 4) and Second year of delivery (level 5)

Each teaching day will be six hours in length to include five hours of direct teaching with two 30 minute time slots for individual tutorial support.

The first year of study concentrates on reflection on practice related to working with children; we look at aspects of the educational context and how learning develops both on an individual and group basis, as well as the professional role and the importance of working as part of a professional team. The first year will also look at how literacy is supported. In the second year, we study the theory and assessment of learning, together with a focus on supporting numeracy. Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties will be explored and there will be a specific focus on how to support learners with Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND). You will also undertake a practitioner based enquiry project over the course of the year.

The course is aimed at current and aspiring learning support practitioners who wish to gain professional recognition via a university level qualification. It will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of supporting learning and take your education support role to the next level.

Course Outcomes

Level 4 Certificates of Higher Education are awarded to students who have demonstrated: • knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with you r area of practice as a learning support practitioner and an ability to evaluate and interpret these within the context of that area of study • an ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with basic theories and concepts linked to learning support. Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to: • evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to their area(s) of study and/or work • communicate the results of their study/work accurately and reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments • undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment And holders will have: • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility

Level 5 Foundation Degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated: • knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of their area(s) of study, and of the way in which those principles have developed • ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles in an employment context • knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the subject(s) relevant to the learning support profession, and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field of study • an understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to: • use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis • effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively • undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations And holders will have: • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making

Progression

Achievement of the foundation degree provides a recognition of both professional and academic achievement. Successful completion of this course gives you the option to progress to an appropriate BA degree, such as the BA (Hons) Education Studies offered at the University of Portsmouth. It may also be used as a stepping stone to Qualified Teacher Status or to promotion in learning support roles.

• undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations And holders will have: • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English and maths at grade C or above OR Adult Literacy and Numeracy at level 2
  • Working or volunteering for at least 5 hours a week in an appropriate learning support context

Assessment

There are no final exams. Instead, each unit has its own assessment focus, which will be one of the following: • essays • case studies • reflective reports • research projects You will be given clear guidance for all assignments.

Equipment

There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification, however If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text. General costs: We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.