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Start date: 21/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 17/07/2021
Duration: 2 Years Full-time, 4 Years Part-time
Course length: 2 years - Full Time
Qualifications: Foundation Degree
Code: UCAS Code: XX31 - Institution Code: G50
Cost: £7500 per year

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Foundation Degree in Education and Learning

Higher Education

Course summary

If you are keen to develop your skills further and gain formal recognition for the skills you have already gained, this could be the course for you.

With the emphasis on work-based learning, this course provides an ideal opportunity for those working in schools in Key Stages 1-3 in a teaching support role (teaching assistant, higher level teaching assistant, and learning support worker) to gain an academic qualification and enhance their professional development.

What will I study?

  • Transferable skills required of all students for the successful completion of an undergraduate programme
  • Working as a reflective practitioner who is able to learn from experiences in the workplace
  • The purpose of education and its role within society
  • Ideologies of education
  • Communication, language and literacy development
  • The concept of behaviour management and approaches adopted by practitioners in recent years
  • The principles underpinning the development of effective inclusive practice to promote development and well-being undertaken by staff in a range of settings
  • The nature of multi-agency working
  • Common themes, concepts in Psychology that have potential interest and relevance to education
  • Issues relating to special educational needs, disability and individual needs
  • Recent government initiatives and local agenda setting in relation to working with families in a range of contexts to enhance learning and development
  • Ethnicity in Britain and how the makeup of society has changed over the years and the underlying reasons for changes
  • Society and government's response to ethnicity in Britain and its impact on education
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and skills required in order to undertake a literature review in a topic of their choice including skills in information searching for primary research and critical appraisal
  • Knowledge and skills required in order to undertake a small scale work based research project on a topic of interest with direct relevance to their professional practice
  • How to address barriers to learning and appropriate approaches and systems to support the development of individuals with specific conditions such as autism, dyslexia or sensory impairment
  • The digital revolution and the impact this has on educational learning experiences

Some Modules:

  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Developing Awareness of Special Educational Needs
  • Developing the Role of the Lead Professional
  • Education in the Digital Era
  • Working with Families


  • Combines 'Earning and Learning'
  • Involves University attendance for one day per week
  • Experiences in the work place used to support and extend learning

Are there any placements for this course?

Students must be in either voluntary or paid employment for the equivalent of a half-time post.

Maths and English:

Maths and English will be embedded throughout the course units so that learners are stretched and ensuring functional skills are applied in all submitted assessed work. Assessment will be made up of a variety of tasks ranging from essays, case studies, reports and presentations.

What do I need to join?

3 A Levels or a relevant Level 3 qualification. GCSEs in English and Maths at C. For those wishing to progress onto a PGCE in Primary Teaching, you will also need to have a C in Science.

Students should normally have a minimum of two year's experience in relevant employment of at least a half-time post or organised voluntary work.

Students will normally have a minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.

A Learning Agreement will be signed by your employer to indicate that you will have their support throughout the course.

All entrants will need a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.

How will I know how I am doing?

Course work is assessed using a range of strategies including portfolios, presentations, written assignments, case studies and discussions.

What can I do next?

Committed and hardworking practitioners gain recognition for the knowledge and skills they use in the workplace. Students get the best of both worlds by successfully combining learning 'on the job' and college attendance for one day per week study for a formal qualification while in employment.

What are my career opportunities?

Students wishing to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) may complete a third year at Level 6 for the full BA (Hons).

Students may gain HLTA status through the LEA while undertaking the course.

Dates & Costs

Foundation Degree in Education and Learning

Start date: 21/09/2019
End date: 17/07/2021
Duration: 2 Years Full-time, 4 Years Part-time
Course length: 2 years - Full Time
Time(s): 1.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Qualifications: Foundation Degree
Code: UCAS Code: XX31 - Institution Code: G50

Cost: £7500 per year

Start End Time Campus
21/09/2019 17/07/2021 1.00 pm - 9.00 pm SGS Filton