Foundation Degree Education Learning and Development

Course Overview

Franchised from the University of South Wales

(this course is subject to revalidation)

Duration: Three years

This Foundation Degree in Education Learning and Development provides you with an opportunity to achieve a degree which combines work-based activities and academic study. It is designed to be completed in three years. It includes a large proportion of work-based, on the job learning, focussed on your experience and work role.

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Updated December 2022

Entry Requirements

You should have a related Level 3 qualification with good literacy and numeracy skills, preferably with a C grade GCSE or equivalent in English and maths.

All candidates need to be in a position as a support worker during the course and have a minimum of 12 hours of direct support with learners per week.

Course Delivery

This is a three year, part time course run during the academic year September to June and attendance is for three hours over two evenings per week (either 5pm to 8pm or 6pm to 9pm).

In Year One the modules are (80 credits):

  • Academic Skills and Reflective Practice (20 credits)
  • Learning and Cognition (20 credits)
  • Language Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy (40 credits)

In Year Two the modules are (80 credits):

  • Introduction to Additional Learning Needs (20 credits)
  • Health Wellbeing and Resilience (20 credits)
  • Inclusive Practice (20 credits)
  • Curricula (20 credits)

In Year Three the modules are (80 credits):

  • Research Project (40 credits)
  • Reflective Practice (20 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 credits)

Assessment is based on written assignments, practical assessments and observed practice within the classroom.

Progression Opportunities

Those who complete the Foundation Degree will be able to go on to a BA (Hons) (for example BA (Hons) in Education Learning and Development at the University of South Wales or BA (Hons) in Inclusive Education at UWTSD.

Additional Information

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Student may be able to gain recognition for previous learning.  Please contact for advice if you feel this may be relevant, further information is available at:

The current fees are  £2880 per year. NB This is above the maximum tuition fees support which is £2625. 

Students will need to pay the difference of £255 if they have a tuition fee loan.
For information on financial support, including tuition fee loans and fee grants, visit

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e:

  • travel to and from college, or placement
  • photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • printing and binding
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • £38 for a DBS check for any placement required as part of the course

*Please note that the tuition fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year and are subject to increase for future years of study. Please see the university’s website for further information.

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