A blog for students on the FDLT at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

Applying for FDLT

If you are considering applying for the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (FDLT) at the University of Northampton please contact the Admissions Tutor, Jean Edwards, by email – jean.edwards@northampton.ac.uk

Applications are accepted through UCAS up to June 30th 2019 for a September  2019 start. If you have missed this deadline please contact the Admission Tutor (details above).

Interviews for the FDLT course starting in September 2019 are planned for:

Wednesday June 26th

Wednesday July 17th

Friday August 16th

Wednesday August 21st

Wednesday August 28th

Open Events 2018/19

Waterside Campus, University of Northampton
(University Drive, Northampton, NN1 5PH)

Friday June 28th

Saturday July 13th

Saturday 17th August

More information on our website here.

Devonshire Place, Leicester, (78 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA)

These take place from 4pm to 5pm.

Please contact jean.edwards@northampton.ac.uk for more information, to book a place or just come along.

Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (FDLT)

The year 1 group starting in September 2019 will run:

Waterside Campus, University of Northampton – Wednesdays

Devonshire Place, Leicester – Mondays

(subject to numbers)

The FDLT course starts in week beginning 9th September 2019.

Course summary

The FDLT is designed for support staff who are currently in schools and who wish to gain a recognised qualification specific to their role. The course is relevant to people working in many roles in schools eg teaching assistants. unqualified teachers, cover supervisors, learning mentors, HLTAs, learning support assistants and many more.

Our education programmes are rated 10th out of 73 Higher Education Institutions in the latest Guardian League Table for Education 2014.

The course aims to broaden and deepen teaching assistants’ understanding of children’s learning and develop their ability to support teachers in raising pupil achievement. Participants are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of their work by analysing it in the context of relevant principles and research. The course also provides support for developing and extending skills, knowledge and understanding relating to the Higher Level teaching Assistant (HLTA) professional standards.

The course has been designed to be equivalent in Higher Education (HE) level and duration to that normally associated with the first two stages of a full time undergraduates Honours degree course.

Course content

The course is relevant to participants’ working context and individual professional development needs. It is designed to fit in with their work as teaching assistants. Modules support participants in developing excellent models of practice underpinned by theoretical understanding. Participants will be able to demonstrate their classroom skills through building portfolios of evidence and will be supported by school-based mentors in the workplace, as well as personal visiting tutors.

The programme offers a recognised nullification for teaching assistants and is taught by a highly experienced and supportive tutor team. Their are modular exemptions for those with prior experience and / or qualifications and there are high progression rates to Honours degrees and teacher training programmes.


A modular programme designed to develop knowledge and experience helping to support learners, thus enabling work based experiential learning. Typical modules include:

  • Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching
  • Work-based Practice
  • SEND, diversity and inclusion
  • English and Mathematics: core subjects
  • Using Digital Technology to Inspire and Support Learning


There are no exams. Assessments include assignments, practical projects, presentations and portfolios of work-based practice.

Career opportunities

The course offers the opportunity to progress to an honours degree and a possible route to Qualified Teacher Status, eg via an employment based route.

Entry requirements

Participants must demonstrate the ability to undertake intermediate degree level study, through prior qualifications at NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

Appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy are required to support learners in schools and usually a minimum of two years’ experience working as a teaching assistant.

Applicants will be asked to provide the disclosure number for their DBS declaration (dated from within the last two years).

Additional Information

Applicants require a positive employer’s reference from the headteacher (or equivalent) stating their support for study during term time. Taught one day a week with study also supported via work-based practice, online materials and personal tutoring.

Course level – undergraduate


The days we will be offering FDLT at the venues next year (2019/20) are:

Devonshire Place, Leicester (subject to numbers) on Mondays 

Waterside Campus, Northampton on Wednesdays 

Application details from ringing 0800 358 2232, emailing study@northampton.ac.uk or ringing / emailing the Admissions Tutor – details at the top of this page.


Through UCAS

Code: 73X7

Further information about Foundation Degrees:

You can read some FAQs about foundation degrees and see some video clips of our recent graduates talking about how the course helped them in their roles here.

This what Louise, one of our students who is completing the BALT course said:

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in following a career further into Education, or to just build on their own experiences and/or qualifications, especially from a support and learning perspective.  I have found the experience invaluable to my position as a Teaching Assistant.  It has built on my confidence in all areas that I work within, and has given me a greater insight into how my role can have an impact on those pupils and other practitioners I work with.  Each day I use skills and knowledge I have gained from doing the Foundation Degree.
Meeting and sharing with others the experience of learning, has had a true impact on my outlook towards further goals.  Being given the opportunity to access further education as a mature student  in an area of interest to me has been incredible. As I now look to complete a final third year, with the prospect of beginning an Masters degree in September, I can only thank the tutors and other students who helped me through this opportunity, which all started with the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching provided by the Univeristy of Northampton.  When asked by others “Has it been hard?” I can only reply with “Yes, but the positives far outweigh the negatives”.

My own children talk to me about tasks they do at school as being hard, and I encourage them to keep going and to keep trying different ways of getting to where they want to be. Three years ago I would never have believed I would be where I am now, I’ve just kept trying and with the encouragement of those around me, I’m now succeeding.

Information about fees and funding:

The course fees for the FDLT starting in September 2017 are £9250 per annum. More information about fees and funding available here

Students who wish to complete this course in two years will be classed as full time even though attendance is only required one day a week.

Students need to apply for funding as a full time student with Student Finance.


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