If you are currently working as a teaching assistant (or in another educational setting with children) and wish to work towards a professional qualification, this course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise you need for working with pupils, other adults and teachers.
Designed specifically to suit your existing work commitments, it builds on the experience you have already gained in the classroom to combine academic theory and understanding of best practice.
It can provide a route to a teaching qualification – on completion you have the opportunity to join the BA Applied Education Studies course, after which you may choose to progress to Primary PGCE/Schools Direct/ SCITT programmes to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Learn locally – giving you easy access to part-time study designed to fit around your existing work or childcare commitments
Study using a variety of approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and the virtual learning environment – as well as being encouraged to share your experience with other students through self-support group
Develop your practical experience through work-based tasks and observed classroom practice – combined with academic study
Gain enhanced career opportunities through achieving a formal qualification specifically designed for support staff working in educational settings.
Developing English And Mathematics (Wbl) (EDC060-1) Compulsory
Developing Learning (EDC058-1) Compulsory
Inclusive Practice (EDC059-1) Compulsory
Introduction To Higher Education Study (EDC018-1) Compulsory
Developing Mathematics (EDC076-2) Compulsory
English: Theory And Practice (EDC029-2) Compulsory
Environments For Learning (EDC073-2) Compulsory
Reflections On Practice (EDC035-2) Compulsory
How will I be assessed?
Assessments will help you to reflect upon your practice, and that of your workplace. This course aims to provide a range of assessment methods to support the diverse needs of all learners. Assessments include essays, case studies, portfolios, presentations, reflections on work-based learning. The assignments will build directly on the teaching sessions and you will be supported by lecturers to develop your individual assignment through tutorials and in class activities. Developmental assessment opportunities are offered in the form of peer assessment and individual/group tutorials. Substantial guidance is provided on how to complete the assignments on the university virtual learning environment (BREO) and in assessment handbooks, workshops, seminars and assessment Briefs.
Throughout the course you will be able to use your workplace setting as a source of information and context for assessments and be able to undertake research that will contribute to other assessments.
A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.
Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.
As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.
This is a work-based course and therefore the following entry criteria must be met prior to registration on the course. All are conditions of entry.
Working in an appropriate education setting as a paid employee. Voluntary work within an appropriate education setting will be considered. This must be for a minimum of two days per week and must be in place prior to registration on the course.
You must hold a full enhanced DBS.
A reference in support of your application from the Head teacher or setting manager. Please include their contact details on your application form. This is a condition of offer.
A level 3 qualification such as NVQ Level 3, Cache Diploma or equivalent in child/education related subjects.
Applicants who do not have a level 3 qualification will be considered based on their experience in schools/educational settings and may be invited to participate in an informal discussion with the Course co-ordinator to assess suitability for the course.
Fees and Funding
The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.
The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.
Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.