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.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1390 Educational Policy and Practice

      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.

    • SOUD1391 Learners and Education

      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.

    • SOUD1394 Professional Practice

      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.

    • SOUD1395 The Reflective Practitioner

      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.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD1393 Pastoral Care

      This module focusses upon developing skills in facilitation and response to children and young people's needs holistically. The module will identify programmes of partnership with parents, multi-agency working and relationships with learners and families.

    • SOUD1397 Information, Advice and Guidance

      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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2341 Understanding Psychological, Social and Emotional Aspects of Behaviour

      This module introduces psychological, social, emotional and cultural aspects of behaviour and the need to understand this in the context of learning and teaching

    • SOUD2345 Professional Investigation

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

    • SOUD2346 Supporting the Curriculum

      This module concentrates on key curriculum areas in which learning support takes place in schools (also touches on these in post school settings) identifying current policy, initiatives and trends.

    • SOUD2347 Research Methods

      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.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD2342 Social Pedagogy

      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.

    • SOUD2343 Supporting Learners with Learning Disabilities and Difficulties

      This module explores a range of Special Educational Needs and how these can best be supported in education settings and investigates the concept of inclusion historically and in contemporary settings

    • SOUD2344 Promoting Positive Behaviour

      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.

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.

Fees, costs and funding

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

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 Partners 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. 

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