Foundation Degree Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants

fda inclusive studies

100% of UWTSD’s FdA Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants students agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2017.

This is an employment related qualification at higher education level. It provides opportunities for people to develop personally and professionally.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

School of Social Justice and Inclusion
Contact Name:
Andrea Cindy Hunt
Contact Email:
Language Choice
English   Welsh

The Foundation Degree in Inclusive Studies is specifically suited for Teaching Assistants. It is a 3 year course and lectures are delivered on Saturday at the Carmarthen Campus or in your local community on twilight sessions.

A variety of learning styles are used and the course provides opportunities to get the latest subject knowledge and exploration of recent research in subject areas. Completion of this degree could lead to more responsibilities in the work place.

Work can be completed in either Welsh or English and there is an opportunity to complete the whole degree course through the medium of Welsh.

After completing this course there is an opportunity to study for a further 1 year and do the BA Social Inclusion (Inclusive Education) course which is again offered as a flexi provision and delivered on Saturdays or as twilight sessions.

The following modules will be studied throughout  the 3 years:

Level 4

  • Developing Key Skills in the Workplace
  • Academic Study Skills for Success
  • Social Inclusion in Practice
  • Providing Inclusive Support for Dyslexia
  • Additional Needs in Context
  • Numbers Count

Level 5

  • Supporting Literacy in the Workplace
  • Exploring Behaviour and Interventions in the Learning Environment
  • Keeping Our Children Safe
  • Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Working in Partnership

This is a course that has been designed for Teaching Assistants and will have modules to support school work. It provides opportunities for students to develop a range of skills which transfer easily to the world of work. These include:

  • Communicating effectively
  • ICT
  • Researching, preparing and delivering presentations
  • Making effective use of visual aids
  • Working collaboratively or as part of a team.
  • Working to deadlines
  • An understanding of policy and its links to practice
  • Reflective practice

A regard for relevant National Occupational Standards (e.g. HLTA: Higher Level Teaching Assistants)

The course has no examinations and has a range of assessments to suit the needs of the students e.g.

  • Assignments
  • Seminar presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Resource Pack
  • Poster Presentation
  • Personal Project/ Case Study
  • Promotional Leaflet

If you have registered on Welsh –medium modules you can complete all assessments through the medium of Welsh

This course has no set entry requirements and all applicants will be invited for an interview with the Programme Director. We encourage applicants with a range of vocational qualifications and experiences to apply.

Many of the students decide to go on to do the BA Social Inclusion (Inclusive Education) course which is for 1 year and is a flexi provision.

Following this some go on to follow a PGCE course.

Employment opportunities are as follows:

  • Teaching
  • Charity work
  • Community Helper Sure Start
  • PHSE School co-ordinator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Pupil Support Officer
  • Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
  • Manager of School Nurture group
  • Senior Teaching Assistant
  • Higher Learning Teaching Assistant
  • Eco School co-ordinator
  • Healthy Schools co-ordinator.