This course aims to develop your understanding of children’s learning and build on your ability to support teachers in raising pupil achievement, as well as looking at some of the wider aspects of school provision. You will be encouraged to analyse your work in the context of best practice, relevant principles and research. The course also provides support for developing and extending the skills, knowledge and understanding related to the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) professional standards.
The FDLT is equivalent to the first two years of a full time undergraduate honours degree, and you can progress to the BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching Top-up to achieve a Bachelor’s degree. Our programme is specifically designed for teaching assistants to help with your professional development. Attendance one day a week at university helps to fit your study around your work. By the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate excellent practice, underpinned by theoretical understanding, through a range of assignments and portfolios of evidence. Our experienced and supportive tutors, alongside mentors in your workplace, will help you to excel.
Modules are designed to extend your professional competence and understanding beyond the HLTA standards. Please note that none of the modules confer HLTA status. If you have prior relevant higher education qualifications, or are already an HLTA, you may be able to get exemption for some modules.
Each year of this qualification gives you 120 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) – year one at level four and year two at level five.
At 240 CATS points, you will be able to progress, through a third year, to the BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching degree.
This course is taught at two venues, subject to numbers:
- University of Northampton, Waterside Campus
- Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester LE2 0LA
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