Learning Support BA(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

Start date

27 September 2021

Duration

4 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

This course is ideal if you’re already in a learning support role within a school, college or other educational setting and aspiring to enhance your knowledge and skills in this specialist area.

Why Learning Support?

  • This course will support you to develop the skills, knowledge and critical understanding necessary to effectively support both teachers and learners in the process of teaching and learning in a variety of contexts.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to build upon the unique features of the support role in ways that contribute to raising learner achievement, promoting a commitment to safeguarding, equality of opportunity, anti-discriminatory and inclusive practice.
  • You’ll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers. You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.
  • To undertake this course you’ll need to be already working in a learning support role - this could be in a voluntary capacity. To ensure flexibility and access for those working within school and other childcare settings during the week, teaching on this course typically takes place on Saturdays, approximately nine per academic year.
  • Your work will help you to make sense of the academic content of the course and therefore provides an important aspect of the programme. If you wish to progress to study further for teacher training in any educational sector, then this is the course for you.

Course detail

Core modules:

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

Perspectives on Learning and Development

You’ll be introduced to the theories and research that underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults and consider key concepts that explain the basis of development and learning. Assessment typically involves the production of a display and a timed test.

Professional Practice

While exploring work-based learning opportunities, this module seeks to nurture independent learning and a holistic approach to enhancing your own professionalism and practice. Assessment typically involves building on a skills gap analysis to produce a reflective summary and a portfolio of evidence.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • NVQ Level 3 or equivalent

In addition you must also:

  • Be employed or a volunteer in a learning support role and have the support of your employer (minimum 120 hours of relevant experience per year)

Candidates may be considered for entry without meeting the University's minimum entry requirements. You must demonstrate during interview that you have sufficient general academic skills to be able to undertake the course, together with relevant experience.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Gemma Kenworthy


Gemma graduated in November 2016 with a First Class honours degree in Learning Support.

It has always been a lifelong ambition of mine to become a Primary School teacher. I have worked in a Primary school as a Teaching Assistant for the past four years whilst undertaking my part-time degree and gaining extensive experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

My degree has allowed me to put theory into practice and as a part-time student the resources available within the library and online have been invaluable during my research. The staff and pastoral support have also been influential in my achievements. The campus is one where staff and students are extremely welcoming, which adds to the whole experience of being part of an environment where everybody promotes positivity and a goal to succeed.

My degree has been influential within my working life and has prepared me for my next steps in learning.  Through a supportive network of tutors, this has allowed me to progress academically and I am now able to build upon my acquired knowledge and implement this within my PGCE course. I am currently undertaking a School Direct PGCE with QTS as a salaried student. I have been successful in achieving this within my existing school.

My most memorable moment was when I found out I had been awarded the Chancellor’s prize. This filled me with a sense of pride as this was a recognition of all my hard work and achievements over the last four years.

Your career


Upon successful completion you may progress to a more senior learning support role or consider pursuing further study, including PGCE or other professional Master’s programmes.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates)

100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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