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.
Demonstrate a developing and detailed knowledge and understanding of children and childhood nationally and globally, from philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological, cultural, global health, welfare, legal, political and economic perspectives.
Understand and effectively communicate that professional and ethical behaviour is a key requirement of entrants to graduate careers in the field of education.
Examine the principles and values of Early Years Education and demonstrate a practical understanding of how these support childrens learning.
Demonstrate an awareness of current policies and debates in the world of Early Years education and be able to engage in future debates.
Acquire, demonstrate and reflect upon a range of information literacy skills in gathering and collating information from a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.
- Explore, analyse and reflect upon your ability to communicate plan and work as part of a team.
Introduction to Higher Education Study
Developing English and Mathematics (WBL)
English: Theory and Practice
Reflections on Practice
Environments for Learning
- Developing Mathematics
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through a variety of methods including assignments, reports, portfolios of work and presentations.
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.
Cost of Study
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