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Do you work in a role that supports the development of children and young people, particularly those with additional needs?

Supporting Learning and Additional Needs is a work-based programme that explores how best to create and maintain positive conditions for learning. It’s designed for people who support children’s learning in a multi-agency environment which includes children’s centres, childcare and youth services, and young offender services.

Course structure

Course Benefits

Perform your role more effectively by developing your professional knowledge and awareness.

Learn while you earn. This is a work-based programme, supported by input from lecturers with extensive professional experience in the children’s workforce.

Build your professional network, sharing experiences with fellow professionals.

Enhance your professional skills and broaden your career opportunities.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You’ll examine the theories that underpin current practice, gaining an understanding of the sensitivities around issues of inclusion and inclusivity and the provision of additional support.

You’ll have the opportunity to study a range of topics relating to supporting learning, from the intricacies of working in a multi-agency environment, to the impact of play and early learning.

Everything you learn will be underpinned by research and theoretical understanding, grounded in current legislation and informed by reflective practice alongside a critical awareness of individuals’ rights. You’ll reflect and expand on your previous experience, looking at how you can apply new theories and skills to your role to perform more effectively.

You’ll graduate with a highly regarded qualification that will improve your work performance and your career opportunities.

You can complete this degree in two years during one afternoon/evening per week, alongside existing work commitments.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 

  • Working in a Multi-agency Environment
  • Communication and Language (School)
  • Working with Families or Working with 21st Century Children
  • Introduction to SEN and Disability or Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Supporting Children with SEN and Disability
  • Research-informed Practice in Educational Settings
  • Children, Families and Social Policy or Play and Early Learning
  • Developing Social and Emotional Resilience or Understanding Children’s Behaviour
  • Leading and Managing or Developing Literacy

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • FDA4002 - Developing Learning Skills for Professional Practice
  • FDA4012 - Introduction to Child Development Theory
  • FDA4032 - Inclusivity and Diversity
  • FDA4052 - Communication and Language (school)
  • FDA4062 - Working with Families
  • FDA4072 - Working with Twenty-First Century Children
  • FDA4082 - Working In a Multi-agency Environment
  • FDA4092 - Introduction to SEN and Disability
  • FDA4102 - HLTA Preparation

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • FAN5042 - Autism and Related Conditions
  • FDA5002 - Play and Early Learning
  • FDA5012 - Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
  • FDA5022 - Developing Social and Emotional Resilience
  • FDA5032 - Understanding Children's Behaviour
  • FDA5042 - Leading and Managing
  • FDA5052 - Developing Literacy
  • FDA5072 - Supporting Children with SEN and Disability
  • FDA5082 - Children, Families and Social Policy
  • FDA5092 - Higher Level Teaching Assistant Preparation Level 5
  • FDA5122 - Research-informed Practice in Educational Settings
  • FEY4152 - Playtime
  • FEY5102 - Inhibitors to Development
  • FEY5152 - Health, Safety and Welfare
  • FSL5112 - Leading and Managing
  • FSL5122 - Creating an environment conducive to learning
  • FSL5132 - Promoting Inclusion
  • FSL5182 - Higher Level Teaching Assistant Preparation (Level 5)
  • FYP5002 - Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
  • FYP5012 - Research Informed Practice: an Introduction
  • FYP5042 - Children, Families and the Law

Year 1 - 15% of scheduled learning and teaching; 180 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 870 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 2 – 12.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 150 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 900 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements are a key part of all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here

Most of the modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group workshops and seminars. Students also are able to access tutorial support from a range of expert tutors.

All students are expected to develop their professional skills supported by tutors, employers, mentors and peers. Students have the opportunity to underpin their practice with theory and research.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's virtual learning environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 86.7% coursework; 13.3% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Directed activities in each module support you by scaffolding your work towards the final module assessment.  Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
UK & EU Students:

​Foundation degree courses are £5,000 a year for tuition fees in 2017–18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017. Find out more

"This course will improve your career opportunities and increase your professional skills."

Professional Work Placements

This is a work-based learning degree, so you’ll spend at least two days a week with an employer to reflect on theory and practice. Our students usually complete this with their existing employer; however, if you’re not employed, you can volunteer with a relevant organisation for two days a week. Work-based employment can be in schools, children’s centres, nurseries, within children’s services for local or voluntary sectors or in provision for young people or those with specialist needs.

More about placements

On successful completion of the Foundation degree, you’ll be able to progress on to our top-up degree in Professional Practice, which will lead to a full BA Honours degree after an additional year of study. You could progress in your current role, seek more specialist roles with children and young people or expand into new areas of practice. After completing the Foundation degree and the top-up Professional Practice degree, many of our students continue on to our MA in Family Support or a PGCE.

The majority of foundation degree students’ progress on to the BA (Hons) degree professional practice Top Up for a level 6 year, which is the third year of gaining a full undergraduate degree. This course is also one day per week full time at Leeds Trinity University. This allows students to progress onto further post graduate study such as social work, teacher training or master level study.


Our Campus

​We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Supporting Learning and Additional Needs
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Supporting Learning and Additional Needs to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for Supporting Learning and Additional Needs at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just  contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.


100% of our Supporting Learning and Additional Needs students are satisfied with academic support (NSS 2016).


100% of our Supporting Learning and Additional Needs students agree that they have received sufficient advice and support (NSS 2016).

​2nd in the UK​

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for stu​dent satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian's University Guide 2015

​Graduate Jobs​

Thousands of graduate jobs are created in Leeds every year

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