FdA Learning Support

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 2 YRS (FT) 3 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights


knowledge of learning support roles in a variety of educational settings


modules reflect the government’s priorities for education


academic theory to work-based practice

Why choose this course?

If you're pursuing a career supporting learners, this foundation degree could be your next step. Combining taught modules and work-based learning, you'll consider the sociological, historical, psychological, philosophical and contemporary aspects of education and develop the skills and knowledge required within the educational workplace.

The course:

  • will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the role of learning support in differing contexts and a wide variety of educational settings
  • will provide learners with the skills required to communicate and engage effectively with children and young people; whilst promoting understanding of the needs of the individual child or young person within the educational setting to effectively support their educational development in addition to heeding safeguarding and promoting their welfare
  • enable learners to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the preparation, planning, delivery, support and evaluation of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of all learners
  • will offer opportunities for academic and career development and progression
  • will provide opportunities to apply academic theory to work-based practise to develop an understanding of diverse educational contexts and perspectives.

Key course features

  • Work with lecturers from a range of professional backgrounds with a wealth of experience.   
  • Benefit from linking theory to work-based practice in each year of the programme.
  • Module content reflects the government’s priorities for education.
  • Wrexham Glyndŵr University has substantial experience and a long history of offering education courses.
  • The opportunity to gain British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accreditation for supporting learners who display SpLD/Dyslexia. 

What you will study


In Year 1 you will develop your professional knowledge, application of theory to work-based practice, confidence and skills in the following areas: studying at university level, supporting learners with additional learning needs including learners with SpLD/Dyslexia and managing learner behaviour. Academic theory will be linked to practice through work-based learning.


  • The Confident Learner
  • An Introduction to ALN/SEN
  • Supporting Pupils with SpLD/Dyslexia
  • Managing Learner Behaviour
  • Work-Based Learning (One)


In Year 2 the course content provides further opportunities for consolidation and breadth of learning through affording opportunities for deeper insights into key themes associated with education within its wider context, policies, practices and pedagogy, including supporting teaching and learning, promoting effective learning environments and supporting inclusion and diversity. Academic theory will be linked to practice through work-based learning.


  • Research Methods
  • The Effective Learning Environment
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning 
  • Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
  • Work-Based Learning (Two)


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are;

  • 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-Level or equivalent level 3 qualification.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English or Welsh (First Language), plus grade C/4 or above in Mathematics or Science, or equivalent. 
  • evidence of paid employment within, or a voluntary commitment to, an educational or specialist setting, appropriate to the programme of study, for a minimum of 100 hours per year to allow for work-based learning activities to be conducted throughout the duration of the course.

For applicants without formal qualifications, work experience in appropriate areas will be considered on an individual basis.

Before applicants are offered an unconditional place on this degree, they will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB), to confirm their suitability for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Teaching & Assessment

The modules are assessed using a variety of methods including case studies, observation, reflection and evaluation of practice (microteaching), essays, reflective reports, portfolios, presentations, group projects, resource design and development, research articles.

The programmes are delivered through a broad range of approaches to learning and teaching such as practical workshops, projects, debates, role play, case studies, lectures and seminars. The experience gained during your work-based practice is invaluable in promoting the link between theory and practice and will help to inform your future academic and career progression.

Teaching and Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

These programmes are for those seeking a career in an educational environment (schools and other settings), supporting a wide range of learners. You may wish to:

  • be or become a Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant in either a mainstream setting, a resource provision unit or special school in either the primary, secondary or post-compulsory sectors or join the local authority support services
  • progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) via a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (following a level 6 top-up year after the FdA) 
  • progress to a Post-compulsory Education and Training qualification (PcET)
  • progress to other postgraduate study, e.g. a Master’s degree in Education

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.


Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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