Foundation prospectus

Supporting Teaching and Learning, Foundation Degree (Bromley College)

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

Partner College

LSEC, Bromley Campus


2 years full-time

This foundation degree is for those working, or who volunteer, in the 'paraprofessional' areas in support of learning and teaching. This may be either in classrooms as learning support assistants, teaching assistants or related roles such as a learning mentor linked to schools and/or colleges and other learning environments. 

The programme is accredited by the University of Greenwich and taught at Bromley College.

What you will study

Entry requirements

  • One A-level or equivalent vocational Level 3 qualification such as NVQ3 or BTEC National Diploma
  • GCSE English language/literature and mathematics at grades A*-C (9-4) or equivalent
  • You must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course and working or volunteering in an educational setting
  • You will need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

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


For each part of the course students may be required to produce the following evidence: 

  • Individual or group presentations
  • Reports
  • Essays based on given titles
  • Portfolio of activities undertaken in a classroom setting with evaluations
  • Case studies
  • Observations
  • Reflective journal
  • Research project.

Students will need to be able to write at Level 3 (A-level) standard. Most essays and reports have a word count of around 2,000 words.

This is a mainly theoretical course with some practical elements. Students will be introduced to the current theoretical framework in education and explore the bases for theories, strategies and school initiatives.

The tutors place a great deal of emphasis on discussion and group work, with students sharing their experiences. Students will be introduced to the skills of critical analysis and academic writing.

Please note that this course requires students to undertake wide reading/independent study of at least 4 hours per week.


Successful students who graduate with an FD may progress to the final stage of a BA Hons in a relevant area (such as Childhood Studies) at the college. 

In some circumstances, this may be combined with employment-based teacher training leading to qualified teacher status, or other professional training if normal entry requirements are met. 

Those who wish to train as teachers must have GCSE passes in English, mathematics and science at grades A*-C (9-4).

On completion of the full BA Hons, graduates may wish apply to study on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary, Secondary or Post-Compulsory teaching. Alternatively, graduates may also pursue work within children's services or youth work.

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