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Educational Practice Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time)

  • HE
  • L5

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise required for working in the educational sector with children at a primary level, and associated professionals. This course is suitable if you are currently working as a primary teaching assistant or in other educational settings, and wish to work towards a professional qualification. The course will provide you with a formal qualification specifically designed for support staff working within primary educational settings or those interested in developing a route into primary teaching. Studying this course part-time will offer you the perfect balance between work and study, and will allow to arrange any other commitments you may have comfortably around your studies.

Valided by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent).
  • English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable.
  • We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting in a school environment (minimum two days per week) for the duration of the course. You should ideally arrange your own placement but the course team will also be able to assist you in this.

Course content

The course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching assistants, with reference to the continuous demands of classroom practice and changes in the curriculum. You will take on more responsibility for the support of teaching and learning, and will need to be equipped with curriculum knowledge, greater knowledge about pedagogy, the way children learn, and the different approaches to teaching and learning.

During the course you will study the following units:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Higher Education (30 credits)
  • Developing Learning (30 credits)
  • Inclusive Practice (30 credits)

Year 2

  • Developing English & Mathematics (30 credits)
  • The Learning Environment (30 credits)
  • Developing mathematics (30 credits)

Year 3

  • English: Theory & Practice (30 credits)
  • Reflecting on Practice (30 credits)

Assessment methods

All units are assessed by a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations, short timed examinations and reflective logs. You will develop the skills of reflective practice and the writing of a reflective journal, and commitment to personal and professional development is a requirement of this Foundation Degree.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you will have enhanced your knowledge of education and to help develop your career or move into a teaching-related role. You can also progress on to a third year top-up degree, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA Applied Education Studies. With further study you can also enter teacher training and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Course Information & How to Apply

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LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
Up to 2 years 18/09/2019 Wed 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm £771 per 15 credit unit and £1541 per 30 credit unit Cauldwell Street K1516 Apply

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