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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: September 2023
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Aylesbury
Attendance: Part-time

About the course

If you are a teaching assistant - or occupy a similar educational role - and wish to work towards a professional qualification, this flexible Foundation Degree can put you on the path to a career in teaching.

Designed to suit your existing work commitments, this part-time course builds on the experience you have already gained in the classroom to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise you need to work with pupils, other adults and teachers.

You learn using a variety of approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and the virtual learning environment. You are also encouraged to share your experiences with other students through peer self-support.

Why choose this course?

  • It combines academic study with practical experience, allowing you to develop your skills and abilities through work-based tasks and observed classroom practice
  • You learn locally on a part-time basis, which makes it easier to fit study around your existing work or family commitments
  • Successful Foundation Degree students have the right of direct entry to the University of Bedfordshire's Applied Education Studies BA (Hons) at the end of their study
  • It is your first step to following a Primary PGCE, Schools Direct or SCITT route to Qualified Teacher Status (if you have the required GCSE grades in Maths, English and Science)
  • It enhances your career opportunities through achieving a formal qualification specifically designed for support staff working in educational settings
The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • 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

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.

Why study in the School of Education and English?

  • Broad spectrum of opportunities to study language and linguistics
  • 92% satisfaction with English Language and TEFL, NSS 2020

Entry Requirements

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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra entry requirements

  • In appropriate paid or voluntary work placement for minimum of one day per week at start of course

As this is a Foundation Degree (Work Based Learning) course, students need to be working with pupils within an educational setting for the equivalent of one day per week minimum. Typically the setting will be in Early Years, Primary, Secondary or Post Compulsory Education or alternatively in the Special Educational Needs sector

Mature students with appropriate experience but without the necessary academic requirements will be interviewed to assess suitability. Promoting a widening participation agenda is a key aim in recruitment to this course. We welcome applications from students with ethnically diverse backgrounds, mature students and international students. The primary criterion above minimum levels is the potential of the individual to benefit from the course.


After you have successfully attained your Foundation degree, you will be able to enter the BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies progression award. There will be a transition programme of events and activities to help you prepare for this transition.

Subsequently, entry to primary teacher training (PGCE or School Direct) courses would be possible if the appropriate level of degree award is achieved together with other entry requirements. For those who do not wish to progress on to the progression award you have various options in employment in education.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165 per year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165 per year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

 

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.


Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

 


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student