Foundation degrees

Education and Special Education Needs, Foundation Degree (London South East Colleges, Orpington Campus)

If you support teaching and learning, this foundation degree is a recognised qualification and a gateway to teacher training.

This foundation degree is for workers and volunteers in 'paraprofessional' areas who support teaching and learning. This may be in classrooms as learning support assistants or teaching assistants, or in related roles, such as learning mentors linked to schools or colleges.

Modules explore subjects such as the world of education, ways of supporting learners with additional educational needs, and psychological, social and emotional influences on behaviour.

Partner college

LSEC, Bromley Campus

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This foundation degree is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: London South East Colleges, on its Bromley Campus.

What you will study

For module information please contact HE@lsec.ac.uk or 020 3954 4000.

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Entry requirements

  • GCSEs - grades A*-C/9 - 4 in English and maths or Level 2 equivalent
  • A Level in a relevant subject or Level 3 equivalent
  • We will accept T Levels for entry onto our higher education courses, providing they meet our entry requirements
  • If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

    Additional Entry Requirements

  • You must be working (either paid or voluntary) in an appropriate school provision for two days per week throughout the 2 years of the program (300 hours per year)
  • Enhanced DBS clearance which is needed for your work/placement when undertaking the course.
  • Mature students without formal qualifications may be considered as a result of life and work experience following an entry test.

Please contact HE@lsec.ac.uk or 020 3954 4000.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

In a typical week* learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, on average*, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please email HE@lsec.ac.uk.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Other costs

Information coming soon.

For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Careers and placements

Do you provide employability services?

Information coming soon.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

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If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.