Education, Early Childhood & Youth

FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning


This programme is delivered at Stockton Riverside College, Hartlepool College of Further Education and Redcar & Cleveland College. It equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be an effective supporting teaching and learning practitioner. You learn about key issues including safeguarding, planning and managing a learning environment, and working with children/young people with special educational needs. The programme also develops your study, reflection and research skills to prepare you to progress into higher-level study, for example the BA (Hons) Education and Training (Supporting Teaching and Learning) degree.

What you study

The programme is a two-year part-time programme. The key themes are introduced in Year 1 and developed in Year 2. One of the main objectives of the programme is to develop your ability to be a reflective practitioner and to be critical abut your own practices. This involves the ability to develop subject knowledge, apply this in practice and critically reflect on the impacts of this to the learning and development of the individuals that you are supporting in the learning setting.

The key themes developed within the modules are principles of inclusive practice; special educational needs and disability (SEND); how the planning, learning and assessment cycle can be utilised to best effect to support educational outcomes; understanding educational policy and legislation and the role of research in education.

How you learn

This programme is designed to be flexible and accessible. A combination of classroom-based and online learning approaches is used. Delivery methods include lecture and seminar activities and you are further supported by group and individual tutorials and the use of a virtual learning environment (VLE).

You use the IT Lab to develop IT skills and for online research. You are taught by practitioners who will demonstrate models of good practice with regard to teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to relate this practice to current research and thinking on effective classroom practice.

Tutorial support ensures that you have access to appropriate support. Workshop sessions enable participation in informal discussions and the work-based learning elements of the programme support the development of your practical and professional skills and facilitate the application of theory to your practice.

How you are assessed

Typically, you are assessed by essays, assignments and reports; by developing portfolios related to practice and by completing case studies.

Career opportunities

Completion of this programme will assist you in securing a career supporting learning and teaching in a range of settings, such as schools and colleges, training organisations, community education and youth education, as well as in tertiary education settings such as libraries, health care settings and museums to support learning activities.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have been successful in achieving a minimum Level 3 qualification/s or equivalent in a subject area related to supporting teaching and learning in an educational setting.

Access to practice experience as outlined previously.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check) is required for this course.

If you are not currently in relevant paid work you will be required to obtain this via university and college processes.

For additional information please see the undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements in our admissions section

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Education, Early Childhood & Youth

Level 4 modules

  • Personal and Professional Development for Supporting Teaching and Learning (level 4)
  • Planning and Managing the Learning Environment
  • Study Skills (Education)
  • Working with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs
  • Working with Children, Families and Integrated Working in an Educational Setting

Level 5 modules

  • Analysing Practice Relating to the Promotion of Inclusion for Individuals with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities
  • Children with Behavioural Difficulties
  • Personal and Professional Development for Supporting Teaching and Learning (level 5)
  • Research Skills (Education)
  • Safeguarding Children in Educational Settings

Modules offered may vary.