Foundation Degree In Education (FdA)
Level: 5 | Duration: 2 Years | Start Date: September 2020
Details: ½ Day Per Week
Part Time Course (accelerated)
Applicants for the Foundation Degree in Education must be employed for at least four hours per week in an appropriate educational role and setting. This employment may be paid or voluntary. A letter from the applicant’s head teacher/principal/head of department/manager must accompany any application. This letter must support the application by confirming the applicant’s involvement in supporting education and state that every effort will be made to support the applicant in undertaking the work-based activities required by the programme. The letter must also state that the employee has appropriate and current satisfactory and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Applicants must have a pass in a Level 3 Vocational qualification*. In addition, applicants must have GCSE qualifications in English and Maths at grade C or above, or demonstration of a Level 2 competence in maths and English. If English is not your first language you will be expected to have achieved an IELTS score of 6.0 or above. All applicants will be interviewed.
*evidence of suitable work experience will be considered.
Course Fee (Per Year): £TBC
This is a two-year extended part-time programme of study commencing in September.
This course is for support staff working within an educational setting (teaching assistants, learning support workers, teaching and learning mentors). It will provide an opportunity for you to build on your knowledge and experience of working in education and will enhance your understanding of your current professional role in supporting education. The course is specifically designed for people who wish to combine work and study. In addition to this, it provides a route towards obtaining a degree and further professional qualifications.
The course will give you a deeper understanding of:
- Up to date developments in the education sector
- How to apply key theories and principles of education to your professional practice to meet the specific needs of your employer and your own personal development
- Wider professional and academic skills development to help secure your current employment opportunities and to broaden your future career options
Modules of Study
You will study 8 modules, including:
- Personal and Professional Development
- Learning and Development
- Behaviour for Learning
- Supporting Learning and Inclusion
- Professionalism and Career Development
- Developing Educational Practice
- Learning and the Inclusive Curriculum
- Assessment for Learning
Aims of the Foundation Degree in Education (FdA)
The course therefore has the following overall aims, which focus on developing your career aspirations and opportunities to:
- Become a ‘discipline expert’ in education
- Develop your professionalism
- Develop your wider professional practice
- Develop your independent thinking skills
Employability and career development is at the heart of this work-based programme. Therefore, you will need to be employed in a role that involves supporting education. Each module relies on work-based reflection and development, targeting personal and professional improvement throughout in order to help you to reflect and act on your career aspirations. Work-based reflection and development forms a major part of the overall course content and assessment. Throughout the course, you will therefore engage in: work-based tasks, creation of resources to support learning, observation of the practice of professionals, reflection on organisational practice, wider understanding of sector practice and work placement research.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Education, you may be eligible to progress onto a BA (Hons) Education (Top Up), a one-year top up degree that may provide a route into PGCE qualification and teaching.
As a graduate of Riverside College and awarding body Staffordshire University, you’ll gain employability skills and professional attributes that will help you to help you get ahead in the job market.
- Year 1: you’ll spend 10% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, 68% of time in independent study and 22% of time on placement.
- Year 2: you’ll spend 10% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, 68% of time in independent study and 22% on placement.
- Year 1: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
- Year 2: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
As well as enrolling at Riverside College you will need to register with Staffordshire University. Please complete only the following three sections: Personal Details, Qualifications and Declaration. Click here to register.
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