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This course will lead to an award from the University of Bedfordshire, it is suitable for people currently working in education and teaching assistants, or in other educational settings with children, who wish to work towards a professional qualification. This course runs at our Aylesbury Campus.

  • What will I learn?

    This course will develop your knowledge, skills and expertise for working with pupils, other adults and teachers. The Foundation Degree links the vocational aspects of a teaching assistant role with the rigor of an undergraduate course at level 4 and level 5 respectively.

    Teaching assistants will already have knowledge of their own work and their own working environments. It is the intention of this programme to enhance and deepen that knowledge, skill and understanding and prepare you for the rigor of the top up degree.

    On successful completion of the course you should be able to - Demonstrate an understanding of monitoring and assessing the needs of children, understand assessment and evaluation processes when teaching individuals, groups or classes, apply knowledge and understanding to areas such as special needs education, critically examine current issues in educational practice, reflect upon practice and developing professional values and pedagogy.

  • Example modules

    • Introduction to Higher Education
    • Developing Learning
    • Inclusive Practice
    • Developing English & Maths
    • Learning Environments
    • Mathematics
    • English Theory
    • Reflections on practice
  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is through a variety of methods including assignments, reports, portfolios of work and presentations.

  • Entry Requirements

    A typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies (A-levels, BTEC National or equivalent).

    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.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    On successful completion of the course you can top- up to a full honours degree with the University of Bedfordshire. Consideration can be given to careers in Higher level Teaching Assistant, Primary School Teacher and Secondary Teaching. After completion of the BA Honours you can then choose to follow the PGCE or Schools Direct route to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

  • Additional Information

    This is a 2.5 year course, running 30 weeks per year.

    The course will be delivered on Mondays between 13:30 - 19:30pm and over 2 years and 2 terms. The first year of this course is Level 4 and you will progress into a Level 5 in the second year of this course.

    This is an approved and validated course, franchised in association with the University of Bedfordshire.

    More details about this course can be found on our parter's website https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/undergraduate/next-year/educational-practice4#entry

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 5
Study Mode Higher Education Course
Start Date September
Duration 30+ Weeks
Course Code HEDP1L5FD-1
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