Foundation Degree in Education, Learning & Development

L5 Level 5
Part Time
14 September 2023 — 21 May 2026
Barry Campus

About this course

Our Education, Learning and Development Foundation Degree course, accredited by the University of South Wales is suitable for experienced Learning Support Assistants currently working within primary education. Students who attend this programme would normally have prior experience within an early years or primary setting. 

This course will:

  • Enable you to improve your work in learning support in your school
  • Provide a basis for professional practice that is skilled, aware and informed
  • Provide an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in undertaking your role
  • Provide a qualification that is based on relevant national standards
  • Provide a supportive, developmental structure for work-based learning

What you will study

Course Modules include:

  • Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy
  • Academic Skills and Reflective Practice
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Health, Well-being and Resilience
  • Introduction to Additional Learning Needs
  • Research Project
  • Curriculum
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Reflective Practice 2
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health

For information on fees and financial support for Part-Time Higher Education courses click here.

What is a Foundation Degree? 

Foundation Degrees integrate academic and work-based learning through collaboration between employers and programme providers. They are intended to equip learners with skills and knowledge relevant to industry and to encourage participation by learners who may not previously have considered studying for a higher level qualification. Foundation Degrees provide a self-standing qualification but also offer progression opportunities for further study. For more information regarding the defining characteristics of Foundation Degrees you may refer to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Foundation Degrees Benchmark Statement

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £2,880.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:

  • Typical A-Level Offer - DD
  • Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass
  • Typical Welsh Bacc Offer - Grade C and DE at A Level
  • Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes.
  • Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent).

A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course.

Suitable qualifications include CLANSA/OCR Level 3/CACHE Level 3/NNEB, DWS, Access, HNC or HND. Mature learners will be considered depending on employment and other relevant experience and demonstrating readiness to study at Foundation Degree Level. Learners should already be working, paid or unpaid, for a minimum of 12 hours per week in an educational setting. Learners should have at least one year's experience working in a Learning Support role.

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assignments and portfolio

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

14 September 2023

End date

21 May 2026

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

6.5 hours per week


Barry Campus
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Foundation Degree in Education, Learning and Development


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Career prospects & further study

After completing this course, successful candidates may be offered the option of a BA (Hons) Top-up in Education: Learning and Development, which can also be achieved at CAVC. This would require a further 2 years of part time study.

Please see our fact sheet for the BA (Hons) in Education: Learning and Development Top-up for more information on this programme.

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