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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:

  • 1 A-Level or 2 AS-Levels OR
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate OR
  • Childcare CACHE Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Early Years Care & Education NVQ Level 3 OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification OR
  • Relevant work experience with young people under 18 years old, or families, children and babies

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting (minimum two days per week) for the duration of the course. You will need to arrange your own placement as this is an essential part of any offer made. Entry to this course will be based on your classroom experience and your commitment to teaching and learning.

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
  • Developing Learning
  • Inclusive Practice

Year 2

  • Supporting Literacy & Mathematical Development
  • Supporting Discovery Learning
  • Supporting Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Year 3

  • English: Theory & Practice
  • Reflecting on Practice.

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 book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 3 years 27/09/2018 Thu 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm £4500 Cauldwell Street K1516 Apply

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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