Lifelong Learning Centre

Foundation Degree: Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching students in class

Building your confidence to deliver effective learning.

Key Information

Course duration:
3 years plus an extra 2 years for the BA top-up

Full or part-time:

Attendance pattern:
One afternoon a week

BA or Foundation Degree

Where to apply:
Apply directly to the LLC

Contact number:
0113 343 3212

Contact email:

What is special about the Learning and Teaching and the Learning and Teaching (Special Educational Needs and Disability) programmes at Leeds and why would you want to join us? Apart from its excellent reputation for ensuring the employability for its graduates, and having an enviable reputation worldwide, Leeds is also a local university and these courses have been developed in discussion with past and present students. Both programmes aim to be aspirational, taking you from a learning support role to one where you have responsibility for delivering and managing learning, with the Learning and Teaching (SEND) programme focussing on those who either work, or intend to work, with students with special educational needs.

After the first three years of study you will receive a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning, before progressing to complete the BA with a further 18 months of study. Alternatively, appropriately qualified and experienced students can enter directly onto the final 18 months of the BA.

The courses are designed to produce practitioners who are able to question and critically analyse education policies and initiatives and who can make an informed contribution to their organisation. They are structured and delivered in such a way that you have the opportunity to understand and assimilate new ideas and concepts and to apply these in practice. It also recognises the importance of a work-life-study balance that supports you in your learning, building your confidence and resilience. Class sizes are relatively small and tutors are very approachable, providing both academic and personal support. Our academic skills tutors provide more focused skills support when you need it. You will be assessed using a variety of methods including essays, reports, individual and group presentations, posters, handbooks and blogs which allow you to build on your strengths, but also to develop new skills in communicating information and knowledge.

There is also the option to specialise with our dedicated route for those who are currently or are intending to work with learners with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Our Learning and Teaching programmes provide a professional qualification for people working not in schools, including special schools and units, and in a wide range of learning support roles including further and higher education, the voluntary sector, libraries and museums. It develops your skills in supporting learners and optional modules allow you to develop more specialised skills and knowledge in areas which affect your own practice. A key feature of the course is the opportunity to undertake a Special Educational Needs (SEN) pathway if you are currently or are intending to work with learners with SEN.

If you are interested in studying full-time you may be interested in the Learning and Teaching specialist pathway available through our BA Professional Studies programme.