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Supporting Teaching and Learning, Foundation Degree (West Kent College)

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.

This foundation degree is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: West Kent College on its Tonbridge Campus.

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Partner college

University Centre West Kent

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • This course provides a potential route to the final year/stage of a related Bachelor's degree, such as BA (Hons) Education Studies or BA (Hons) Childhood Studies.
  • The College’s campus in Tonbridge is modern and conveniently located next to public transport links.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should hold one of the following on entry:

  • Two A-Levels, including one at Grade C or above
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) at Grade D or above
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce at Grade D or above
  • An equivalent qualification in a relevant subject

Mature applicants who do not hold one of these qualifications but who possess a suitable level of relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

You will be expected to hold a Grade C/4 or above in both GCSE English and maths (or an equivalent Level 2 qualification) and be working with learners of any age in an educational setting, on a paid or voluntary basis, for at least one day per week for the full duration of the programme.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

Teaching

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

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

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. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

You will be expected to carry out a minimum of 12 hours of independent study each week. You will also need to be employed on a paid or voluntary basis in a role working with learners (e.g. a learning support assistant) in an educational setting for at least one day per week for the full duration of the course.

Overall workload

Teaching comprises a variety of methods ranging from tutor-led lectures to interactive learner participatory lectures, group project work and learner-led presentations.

Assessment is through coursework assignments which vary from reflective accounts to more formal essays, reports and case studies that are all related to your own work practice. There are no exams or timed assessments.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

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

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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 call 020 8331 9000.

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Full time

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.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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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.

Financial support

Other costs

Information coming soon.

For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Subject to acceptance by the teaching university/college, you will be able to progress to the final stage/year of a related Degree course, such as the BA (Hons) in Education Studies or the BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies at the University of Greenwich. 

Thereafter, you may be able to access the many options that exist to become teacher qualified in the primary or secondary sectors, such as PGCE, QTS, RTP and GTP. Other career options include family liaison, education management and social pedagogy.

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 a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.