Foundation prospectus

Education Support, Foundation Degree (NESCOT)

The Foundation Degree in Educational Support providing you with the opportunity to extend your skills in supporting teaching and learning in the classroom.

Partner College

North East Surrey College Of Technology (NESCOT)


3 years part-time

The Foundation Degree in Educational Support is a 3-year part-time course providing you with the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. It will give you an opportunity to network with colleagues and to enjoy the challenges of further study. 

The course is validated by the University of Greenwich and taught at North East Surrey College of Technology. Whilst the Foundation Degree is a qualification in its own right, with further study it can also lead to a top-up Honours Degree. 

Degree structure 

The Foundation Degree in Educational Support consists of the following modules of study:

  • Developing Study Skills
  • Using Emerging Technologies to Support Learning
  • Education Support in Practice
  • Supporting Positive Learning Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Special Educational Needs
  • Supporting Numeracy and Language  
  • Professional Development in Education Support
  • Supporting Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Theories and Principles of Learning
  • Education Policies & Practices
  • Independent Study
  • Reflective Professional Practice Skills.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • An appropriate level 3 qualification in Learning Support.
  • GCSE English language or a Level 2 qualification in communication.
  • Where appropriate, candidates with substantial relevant experience as a teaching assistant in a relevant setting may be considered.
  • There is no formal entry requirement for numeracy or IT. Support will be available to facilitate the achievement of Level 2 in both these areas during the course duration. This may require some independent study.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

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.

Financial support

Additional information


Each module within the course has specified assessment strategies which include essays, reports, seminars, observations, portfolios and presentations. All courses will utilise formative assessment throughout their duration to enable students assess their own progress and obtain feedback prior to the summative assessment.


This course will enable students to gain a deeper understanding and insight into their work in highly complex education settings. Graduates will become more effective practitioners and play a full part in professional teams within an educational setting.

The award can lead to professional education careers in nursery, primary and secondary education settings as teaching assistants and educational support assistants.

This award will also enable achievers to progress to a top-up honours degree, BA Education Studies at NESCOT (validated by University of Greenwich). With further study this may then lead to qualified teacher status.

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