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Education and Learning Support
 

Foundation Degree Award and Bachelors Award with Honours

This course has been recognised nationally by the TDA and is one of a small number of university courses to date to receive this high quality endorsement award. Specifically, the TDA have commended Sheffield Hallam University for the quality of its employer involvement, capability and capacity and for the design and delivery of the course area.

The Foundation Degree in Education and Learning Support is designed to meet the needs of professionals in the school and college sector. The current market for this degree is primarily teaching assistants and higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) within the remodelled, wider schools workforce. The degree is also well matched to the continuing professional development needs of learning mentors in schools.

Education and the continuing professional development of this wider schools workforce is a continuing priority under the new Coalition government. The curriculum of this foundation degree has been aligned closely with current thinking about the role of the remodelled schools workforce within the wider educational practice. The provision is currently delivered at Sheffield Hallam University City Campus and also collaboratively at Chesterfield and Rotherham Colleges.

The Foundation Degree offers progression both to a level 6 top-up to honours degree level (BA Hons Education and Learning Support) and to a BA Hons plus QTS. Both these top-up courses are specifically designed for the part-time foundation degree cohorts. All these courses help to enhance continuity and progression aspects of the curriculum and pedagogy.

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The modules in the FdA Education and Learning Support (year 1) are

  • Professional development: making a positive contribution (30 credits)
  • Learning and development1 (30 credits)
  • Course option (30 credits)
  • Curriculum Studies

Or

  • Higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) Assessment (by arrangement with your local authority in advance)

The modules in the FdA Education and Learning Support (year 2) are

  • Stay safe: working in partnership (30 credits)
  • Policy and practice for sustainable communities (30 credits)
  • Tutoring and counselling: children and young people’s healthy development

The modules in the FdA Education and Learning Support (year 3) are

  • Working in teams (30 credits)
  • Communication, language and literacy 1 (30 credits)

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The modules in the BA (Hons) top-up Education and Learning Support are:

  • Leading and managing in schools (30 credits)
  • Advanced professional learning in children and young people’s services (30 credits)
  • Planning a research project (30 credits)
  • Extended professional project (30 credits)

Contact Dr Steve Jones: Course Leader for the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) in Education and Learning Support, 0114 225 2856, S.C.Jones@shu.ac.uk