Blackburn College
Teaching and Learning Support Primary FdA
Blackburn College

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 15 graduates of Teaching and Learning Support Primary FdA at Blackburn College for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
86 /100
15 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Teacher Training

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25479 £24514 £28116
25-75 percentile range £23782 - £28383 £18792 - £27897 £20130 - £32846

Course Description

Our popular Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) is recognised by Head teachers and Governors alike as a successful, relevant qualification that impacts positively on teaching and learning in schools. This degree can be studied as a 2 year full-time Lancaster University validated foundation degree designed as a professional development qualification for Primary School Teaching Assistants who want to further their understanding, knowledge and skills across the ever-changing primary curriculum.

Students taking part on the course may get involved in a range of trips and activities. Past students have enjoyed trips to a Steiner School near York looking at alternative philosophies of teaching and learning. Students on the course also take part in a range of team building activities and socialise as a group at organised events - this helps you to learn from colleagues and other students in both informal as well as formal settings.

You must have secured a signed agreement of a Head teacher to accept you for a placement in a Primary Class for at least 45 days (full-time) and an up-to-date DBS certificate

As well as your placement, you will be able to take part in a 2 day placement in a different primary school. Our students often tell us this is a valuable insight into the way that different primary schools operate. All staff teaching on the course are former or existing Primary school practitioners who are able to bring a wealth of valuable experience, real-life examples and case studies into the classroom.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Teaching and Learning Support Primary, FdA you will study the following course modules.

Level 4

Level 5

During the course you will be assessed by a variety of methods including coursework, written assignments, reports, poster presentations, electronic presentations and portfolio building. Additionally, there will be a series of reflective tasks to complete at your primary school placement or employment as well as a successful lesson observation in each year of your placement. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, assignment, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

Level 2 Qualification or GCSE at Grade C or above in both English and Maths; one year’s recent experience working in a primary school for at least one day each school week (30 days) to allow you to carry out a placement for one day a week for three years (part-time) or one and half days a week for two years (full-time). Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. You will need a clear, current DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) certificate. All offers are conditional and are subject to a successful interview and the signed support of the Headteacher.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Teaching and Learning Support Primary, FdA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About Blackburn College

Blackburn College is a further and higher education college in Blackburn, in the North West region of England. With some of the best statistics for Student Satisfaction and pass rates in the UK, Blackburn College delivers vocational, A-Level and Adult education to roughly 5,000 students every year.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Campus
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Main Site - Feilden Street
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