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The FDSL is designed mainly for people already working with children from 3-16 in an educational setting including teaching & learning support assistants, nursery nurses, learning mentors.
York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, YO31 7EX, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Why study Supporting Learning?

This degree provides opportunities for people working in education with children aged 3-16, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, to gain a well recognised qualification.

You will need a YSJ codewhen you apply for this foundation degree programme:

YSJ code: D1FDXE01X


2 years full-time

Based on an extended academic year which enables classes to be scheduled on one evening per week from 4 - 8pm.

Entry requirements

You will usually need:

  • All students will require a pass in English Language GCSE at grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification, for example Level 2 literacy basic skills or a certificate in Adult Literacy Level 2. 
  • Two A2 Levels (or equivalent)
  • CRB clearance
  • At least six month’s experience of working with children or young people
  • Employment, paid or voluntary, for at least the equivalent of one day per week in a relevant educational environment
  • A letter of support from your employer

York St John has a flexible entry route for those who may have been out of education for a while.

What will I study?

Based on an extended academic year which enables classes to be scheduled on one evening per week from 4 - 8pm. You will complete 12 20-credit modules, each module requires the equivalent of 24 hours of study at University. All modules include contact time, tutorial time, work based learning and independent study.

Modules may include:

Level 1 modules*

  • Children’s Learning & Development
  • Effective Teaching & Learning
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Feedback & Assessment
  • Providing for Inclusion
  • Acquiring & Developing Language & Literacy
  • Teams & Teamwork

Level 2 modules*

  • Providing Pastoral Care & Support
  • Supporting Additional & Special Educational Needs
  • Creating an Environment for Learning
  • Leading & Managing Teams
  • Changing Context, Roles & Responsibilities
  • Working with Parents & Families
  • Independent Research
  • Developing Literacies

*These are equivalent to Levels 4 and 5 of the National Qualification Framework.

 How will I be assessed?

Assessment is likely to include writing essays and work-based reports, writing up case studies, giving presentations and producing teaching resources. There are no exams.


What sorts of jobs do our graduates get?

Past students have become learning mentors, home school liaison officers and assistants to SENCOs. Foundation degree graduates can progress to the final year of the Education Studies BA (Hons) (see page 30) or the BA (Hons) Children, Young People & Families degree .

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