Foundation Degree Supporting Learning and Teaching

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A foundation degree is a work-based learning qualification at higher education level (Levels 4 and 5). It offers a formal qualification for those wishing to work in education settings in a support role. 

Key Facts

Institution Code: S96
Course Length:
2 years full-time

Faculty of Education and Communities
Contact Name:
Dr Jill Morgan
Contact Email:
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The programme offers a comprehensive range of generic modules suitable for those who wish to work in early years, primary or secondary schools, including special education settings. It combines university-based study and work placements, allowing students to examine both theory and practice relating to supporting learning and teaching. 

  • Study and Work skills
  • Behaviour
  • Learning
  • ICT
  • Language Acquisition and Literacy
  • Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
  • PSE
  • Science, Technology and Numeracy
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Classroom based research 

This is a required element of the programme during term time, consisting of a minimum of 60 hours per term. This provides opportunities for students to develop work skills and apply theory learned during college based sessions. A variety of different types of placement will be offered during the two years of the programme. A DBS check is required 

Applicants should have a minimum of 80 UCAS points or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification (e.g. Advanced GNVQ, BTEC). 

On completion of the Foundation Degree, students may wish to complete the one-year top-up to a full Bachelors degree in Education Studies at UWTSD Swansea (or other similar top-up programmes). This could lead to

a teaching or other professional career in education. Alternatively the Foundation degree itself provides a high level of qualification when applying to work in a support role (Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, etc.) in school settings. 

For general information contact:

Lesley Morgan,
Tel: 01792 482070 or