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Learning and Teaching Foundation FdA

Turn your existing experience into qualifications that will let you advance your career in learning and teaching.
October 2020
2 years full-time
One day per week
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Liz Beasley

Study while you work with our course

We’ve been delivering education courses for over 60 years – and are proud to be ranked in the top 250 in the world for education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).

Our two-year teaching foundation course builds on your existing experience in primary or secondary education. You’ll develop your knowledge, understanding and experience within a variety of different school contexts – while you focus on your professional development and career ambitions. After graduating from this course you'll be able to pursue the three year top-up degree to confer your status as a qualified teacher (QTS).

Develop your learning and teaching skills with us

You’ll have the flexibility to study while you work – spending just one day on campus to complement your experiential learning in the workplace.

Once you’ve completed our foundation course, you’ll be able to apply to our one-year learning teaching degree to gain a full BA qualification.

You’ll be at the forefront of education practice in the UK, with plenty of support from tutors who are active researchers in the field.

Get the support you need to succeed

While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.

Our foundation course is an ideal starting point for developing your volunteer or support experience into qualifications that you can tailor to suit your career ambitions.

Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll have the option to pursue a full BA degree or direct your learning towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.

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What will you study on the FdA Learning and Teaching?

The two year course aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding about learning and teaching in a diverse range of educational contexts, including early years, primary, secondary and special education provision. You will study four modules across each year of the course. The modules are all assessed by coursework, which includes written assignments, posters and presentations. Course and module information is indicative and may be subject to change.


You will study four compulsory modules across each year of the two year course. Each module has a 30 credit value. You will be encouraged to relate your learning on the modules to your workplace context.

  • Year 1

    • Curriculum Studies 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of issues which influence current curriculum models in practice. The module focuses on the area of language development and aims to encourage critically evaluation how children’s language and communication skills are promoted and how adults can support this development.

    • Education Policy and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to develop your effectiveness within the workplace through awareness of key principles and concepts in policy and practice within a historical and socio-political context. You are encouraged to consider the relevance and impact of policy to professionals working in learning and teaching contexts.

    • How Pupils Learn and Develop (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning and developmental theories and perspectives that are applicable to children’s intellectual, social and emotional development. You are encouraged to consider how theories and perspectives on learning and development are applied in practice.

    • Inclusive Practices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to develop your effectiveness within the workplace through awareness of issues affecting equality, accessibility and inclusivity. It considers theories, principles and practice associated with concepts of class, ethnicity/race, gender, sexuality, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), English as an Additional Language (EAL), and Religion.

  • Year 2

    • Behaviour Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to enable application of developed understanding of behaviour management in supporting individualised and whole-group learning needs to school contexts. You are encouraged to consider approaches to managing challenging behaviour and investigate positive behaviour management of groups and individuals.

    • Curriculum Studies 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to build on your knowledge and understanding of issues covered in the Curriculum Studies 1 module. This module has a focus on the areas of Mathematics and Science and you are encouraged to consider approaches that support the development of children’s mathematical and scientific thinking.

    • Professional Studies (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop your professional knowledge and professionalism. You will consider the role that parents and carers play in a child’s learning and development. You are encouraged to reflect on your own evolving principles and practice in relation to your roles in the workplace and consider your professional development.

    • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module considers theoretical views of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their application to practice. The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of children with SEND within educational contexts. You are encouraged to investigate SEND legislation, policy, practice and terminology.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the FdA Learning and Teaching taught?

Teaching on FdA Learning and Teaching incorporates a variety of relevant strategies. Most of the face-to-face teaching is delivered through seminars. There will be tutor and student input, collaborative tasks, discussion and follow-up tasks and reading, which will feed into subsequent sessions.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches during the course. Such approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students in pairs or as part of a group. Learning activities may occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will be supported by a variety of media and online tools, which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources and learning materials. By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are not only essential for your learning but are also highly valued by employers in the field of education.


Assessment is by continuous submission of coursework, including written assignments, projects, presentations and portfolios of evidence.

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How can the FdA Learning and Teaching support your career?

If you successfully complete FdA Learning and Teaching, you can apply for the one-year BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching programme. This course enables you to gain a full Honours degree. You could then progress to postgraduate study.

If you wish to become a qualified teacher, you could apply for an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme as a route to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), such as the PGCE courses we run (though you are not guaranteed a place).

Alternatively, the detailed understanding of learning and teaching that you gain, can further your career within your own school or another organisation.

Shirley Allen
Programme Leader

A former Primary School teacher, Shirley worked on initial teacher training programmes at the University of Hertfordshire before moving to Middlesex University in 2007 as Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. Shirley has worked on professional training programmes in the Early Years and Primary School sectors at Middlesex and is currently studying for a DProf, which focuses on the professional development of early years teachers.

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Start: September 2020

Duration: 1 year full-time, One day per week

Code: X309

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