South Devon College

FdA Teaching and Learning

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Educational Policy and Practice (SOUD1390)

      This module offers a background to the processes of education, learning and teaching in both formal and informal settings, including contexts, systems, practices and contemporary issues.

    • Learners and Education (SOUD1391)

      This module introduces students to the psychology of learning and development. This module aims to enable students to gain insights into how to adapt their practice in education settings to meet the needs of individual students and to create personalised learning programmes.

    • Professional Practice (SOUD1394)

      This is a work based learning course where students will be encouraged to evaluate their own professional skills, abilities and competencies and compare these with those required for their occupation, profession or workplace.

    • The Reflective Practitioner (SOUD1395)

      This module will allow students to consider the importance of Continued Professional Development and how curriculum frameworks have changed and developed over time and ultimately influence their practice.

    • Core Curriculum Support (SOUD1486)

      This module will promote understanding of how learners become literate and numerate, with an examination of linked strategies that aim to support and promote this development. The module will also explore curriculum frameworks; and the expectations for attainment by learning support assistants and learners.

    Optional modules

    • Information, Advice and Guidance (SOUD1397)

      Students will develop an understanding of the key legislation, policies, procedures and frameworks which govern the delivery of effective advice and guidance. Students will study the key features of effective resource design and development for information materials. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the referral and mediation process.

    • Inclusion and Wellbeing (SOUD1499)

      The module brings together discussions about educational inclusion and wellbeing to enable students to explore the theoretical concepts. This will be in relation to their own practice, the children and young people they work with, and their settings.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Social Pedagogy (SOUD2342)

      Social pedagogy draws on core theories from education, sociology, psychology and philosophy to interpret how children and young people interact with society and its impact on well-being, learning and growth. It is about meeting the holistic needs of children, young people and their families.

    • Professional Investigation (SOUD2345)

      A negotiated and supervised individual work based project, within an area of personal interest.

    • Research Methods (SOUD2347)

      A research methodologies based module focusing on the research process. In this module students will identify an area of research, write a proposal which links to underpinning theoretical frameworks to form a solid research platform.

    • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Behaviour (SOUD2454)

      This module introduces psychological, social, emotional and cultural aspects of behaviour and the need to understand this in the context of interaction, communication, learning and teaching. The module explores the impact of behavioural difficulties on the child, their families and on others in the classroom as well as discussing the supporting role of education practitioners from a variety of psychological perspectives.

    • Rights and Responsibilities (SOUD2456)

      This module identifies the key concepts, definitions, policies and legal frameworks relevant to educational settings to protect the rights and promote the responsibilities of children, young people and their families, and the practitioners and professionals that work with them. There will be a particular emphasis on safeguarding and child protection.

    Optional modules

    • Promoting Positive Behaviour (SOUD2344)

      Exploration of the necessary theories and practice which underpin the promotion of positive behaviour. Students will analyse the influences which affect individuals from sociological, psychological, biological and environmental perspectives by drawing on their experiences from practice and underpinning with theory.

    • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Learning (SOUD2455)

      This module introduces contemporary issues with regard to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, exploring policy and practice in contemporary education.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Our partnership with South Devon College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College