Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Learning Support (part-time)


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UCAS code: N/A please apply directly

What you'll study

The three years of part-time study involve face-to-face classes in the evening or on Saturdays, together with more flexible forms of learning such as independent study, online study and work-based learning, with a focus on what you do in the course of your learning support work.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Study Skills for Higher Education

    This module will help you develop those important study and academic writing skills, essential for successful study at university. You’ll cover a range of skills including finding information, essay writing and referencing.

  • Supporting and Enhancing Learning

    Develop your understanding of key theories of children’s development and learning, and identify, use and evaluate a range of learning support strategies in your workplace setting.

  • Social Contexts of Learning

    This module will help you examine child development theory and explore the impact of a range of socio-psychological factors involved in learning. This module will cover different aspects such as class, poverty, ethnicity, gender etc., with a view to understand how socio-cultural factors impact a learner's ability to succeed.

  • Digital Technologies for Learning

    This module focuses on digital technologies as a tool for promoting and enhancing learning. You'll explore the place of digital technologies in schools in relation to the numeracy and literacy strategies, as a subject and as a cross-curricular theme. You'll consider issues involved in the management and organisation of technology, with a special focus on the contexts of learning support.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Managing Behaviour

    Explore the causes of and ways to support children with challenging behaviour in schools and other settings. This module is designed for learning support workers and aims to provide evidence-based strategies for managing the continuum of challenging behaviours.

  • Working with Professionals and Families

    Gain an understanding of the nature of parenting in the 21st century by examining theories relating to attachment, parenting styles and childrearing patterns. You will also investigate the impact and benefit of working effectively with other professionals and families in partnership to promote learning.

  • Understanding Learning and Teaching

    Analyse the role of the Learning Support Assistant in the planning and implementation of teaching and learning strategies to meet individual needs, from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

  • Research Methods

    This module offers the exciting opportunity to prepare and undertake a small action research project. It will introduce you to research methodology, the need for ethical approval, how to find and analyse data, and how you can use literature to support the formulation of a research question. The module will also help you to become better critical readers of others’ research.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Safeguarding

    An understanding of the legal and statutory framework in relation to safeguarding is vital for any learning support worker. This module focuses on the legal and statutory framework in which learning support contexts operate and explores the implications for that support.

  • Policy and Practice

    This module gives you the opportunity to study both the history and current legislation and policy relating to learning support in the UK, developing an understanding of how the role has changed teaching and learning.

  • Independent Project

    The independent project will allow you to identify and select an area of practice to explore. You'll combine theory and practice to produce a work portfolio outlining a project with is of value to patients and/or members of the multidisciplinary team.

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

This qualification is designed for learning support workers within primary and secondary education, community education, further education and extended school provision. In each year there are four modules of study, each worth 20 credits, making a total of 12 modules. You will study in a variety of locations, enjoying 30 hours of formal staff contact time per module. You will also enjoy flexible forms of learning such as independent study, online study and work-based learning.

For this course you will need the support of your employer or training officer and someone who is available to act as your workplace mentor. After completion of this Foundation Degree, you may choose to progress to the BA (Honours) degree in Learning and Teaching, Primary Education or in Education and Learning, or the BA (Honours) Early Childhood Education and Care. The primary education route will provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); for this route, you will need the required GCSE grades and to be successful at interview.

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Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from all age groups. Prospective students must usually fulfil the University of Hull's matriculation requirements, but we are keen to take into account your life experiences as well as any professional qualifications and awards that you may have. We therefore do not ask for specific qualifications but are looking instead for motivation, experience in learning support and evidence that your skills in writing and study are sufficient for you to be able to succeed at degree level.

Any offers made are conditional on the results of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check from your employer being confirmed as acceptable by the University.

International students

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU (part-time): £1,200 (20 credits), £3,600 (60 credits), £4,795 (80 credits) 

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

This is a vocational qualification only available to those already employed (whether paid or voluntary) in a suitable setting. To undertake the course you will need to have the support of your employer or training officer, and someone who is able to act as your workplace mentor.

Students choose this course to help further and enhance their careers in learning support.

The course is also suitable for those wishing to continue their studies. The programme leads to a Foundation Degree in Education. From there you can go on to a full Honours degree and to progress your career in the field. The Honours degree itself has three pathways, one of which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (Primary), one allows qualifying graduates to obtain a BA (Honours) degree in Education and Learning and the third leads to a BA(Honours) degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.