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What makes Learning Support at Worcester special?

For many young people, learning support assistants are an essential part of their educational journey. The role requires patience and integrity, and brings with it considerable responsibilities and substantial rewards.

At Worcester, this foundation degree in Learning Support has been designed to draw upon your existing knowledge and experience, and to develop new skills. With an emphasis on work-based assignments, your learning is orientated around your practical experience.

For those working or seeking work in a learning support role, this course will further your personal and professional development as a competent and confident practitioner, enhancing your career prospects and opening the door on to possible additional study.

Please note this course isn’t running at Halesowen College in September 2017, but is running at other locations.

Key features

  • Flexible locations: study at the University of Worcester or Herefordshire and Ludlow College full time, or at Halesowen College on a full or part-time basis
  • A sound basis for further study at Bachelors degree level, including our Education Studies and Integrated Working with Children and Families programmes delivered in Worcester.
  • Support your professional development whilst exploring topics as diverse as the creative curriculum, managing challenging behaviour, inclusive education and exploring social care

"Obtaining the FDLS has enabled me to grow both personally and as an educator. It has given me confidence to support the wellbeing and enrich the learning of pupils in my care."

Kim McCoig-Lees

Clearing 2017 - call us on 01905 855111

We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.Find out more

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

24 UCAS Tariff points, plus current/recent experience of working with learners, a minimum of two years experience employed or working in a voluntary capacity within an appropriate educational setting is desirable.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check is required for this course.

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

  • Preparing for study
  • Creative curriculum
  • Child development
  • Understanding Learning support
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Partnerships in education
  • Wider aspects of disability
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Inclusion in theory & practice
  • Supporting people with additional needs
  • School-based study (double module)
  • Talking & Listening with Others
  • An introduction to social care strategies: Meeting the national agenda
  • Evaluation and change

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

You will be encouraged to draw upon your existing skills, knowledge and experience as well as recognise your strengths and resolve personal professional development needs. The course modules are designed to give you the necessary expertise and knowledge to confidently tackle problems in a range of working environments and to put your studies to use in the real world.


  • Written assignments, individual and group presentations, developing resources, case studies and portfolios
  • Problem-based learning and workplace investigation skills







Where could it take you?


The course provides a sound basis for further study at Bachelors degree level including progression to the BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up or BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families Top-up at Worcester. Students may also be eligible to apply for entry on to the BA (Hons) Primary Initial Teacher Education (with QTS) or BA (Hons) Applied Health and Social Sciences Top-up degree dependent on experience.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 is £6,890 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in 2017 is £903 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You are required to be volunteering or employed in a learning support, or similar, role for the duration of the course. The expectation is that you make arrangements to attend your employment or voluntary work, and meet any travel costs.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Learning Support FdA X300 C E B FdA/LSpt

This course is run in partnership with the Herefordshire & Ludlow College (C) and Halesowen College (B).

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

Part-time applications

Please make part-time applications to study at Halesowen College via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Apply for September 2017 enrolment at Halesowen - part-time

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