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Teaching and Learning

This Foundation Degree is focussed on the teaching and learning of children and young people, aged up to 25 years old. It will develop your awareness of current educational issues and policies, and the impact on the role of the teaching assistant and other support staff.

The course will increase your knowledge and understanding of the needs and characteristics of different types of learners, including children, young adults and people with learning difficulties. You will also gain a range of effective skills for supporting teaching and learning in a team work context.

Course details
Entry Requirements
What will I learn?

Ucas Code: P9L5

Award: FdA

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Child Development and Education or the BA (Hons) Education Studies degrees at Plymouth University. After completing the top-up degree, you could also consider postgraduate qualifications, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (subject to approval) in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Alternatively, you will be able to use your knowledge to further your career within a school or teaching organisation.

Potential Job Roles

I was lucky enough to secure work on the Animal Unit, based at South Devon College. It was during my time studying and working at the College that I realised I wanted to teach. I wanted to share my knowledge and passion with others and hopefully inspire them to pursue a career in the sector. I completed my FdA Teaching and Learning and I am now working towards my PGCE. I'm so grateful I decided to return to study; every step of my journey has presented me with new opportunities. I now work at the College as a Lecturer in Animal Science helping students take the first steps toward their chosen career."Lorelei Kirwan

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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PGCE (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training)


How to apply

Although the UCAS deadline is 15th January there are plenty of opportunities to apply throughout the year still, with UCAS Extra and Clearing.

Entry requirements

We assess every application on its own merit. This means that even if you don't meet the specified requirements, you may still be able to study with us.

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