Level: 5 | Duration: 2 Years | Start Date: September
Days of the Week: Tuesday, 9am – 1pm (TBC 2024)
Location: Riverside College, Kingsway, Widnes, WA8 7QQ
The FdA Education is classified as a full-time course but you will only be required to attend College for 1/2 day per week.
Qualification awarded by Staffordshire University
The Foundation Degree in Education offers comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills required by those supporting learning and teaching.
It is practical and focused on the workplace. The course develops an understanding of teaching and learning, working in education, and behaviour management. It also covers skills required for effective communication, self-development, and career progression.
This course, which is awarded by Staffordshire University, 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 and broaden your future career options.
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.
You will study at Riverside College but will receive a qualification from Staffordshire University.
Riverside College prides itself as a centre of vocational excellence. They have a simple ambition: We want you to reach your full potential during your valuable time with us.
When you enrol, you will receive the date of your first induction session where you will receive your timetable for the academic year.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree In Education award, students will be awarded with a Staffordshire University degree.
Course Fee (Per Year): £5,250
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A good deal of learning on this course will take place in the workplace using the experience of colleagues, observation, practice and reflective discussion.
Students on this course are normally working in schools or education settings, although those wishing to specialise in early childhood studies will normally work in an early childhood setting. Your existing workplace will make up your placement location.
The modules that you will be studying are:
- Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
- Learning and Holistic Development (40 credits)
- Safeguarding and Developing Educational Practice (40 credits)
- Supporting Learning and Inclusion (20 credits)
- Professionalism and Career Development (20 credits)
- Behaviour for Learning (40 credits)
- Assessment for Learning – guided research in Education (40 credits)
- Leadership and team working (20 credits)
Please note: The FdA Education is classified as a full-time course, but you will only be required to attend College for 1/2 day per week.
All full-time applicants are individually assessed on their qualifications, skills and experience. However, you would normally:
- Demonstration of a clear Enhanced DBS check which confirms that there are no reasons why a candidate should not work with children
- Be in employment (either paid or voluntary) within an educational setting for at least four hours a week
- Have 64 UCAS points or hold an appropriate Level 3 with suitable work experience
- GCSE qualifications in English and Maths or demonstration of a level 2 competence
- If English is not your first language you will be expected to have achieved an IELTS score of 6.0 or above
Entry will be subject to a successful interview and applicants providing evidence that they have a clear enhanced DBS check which confirms that there are no reasons why a candidate should not work with children.
You 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 your head teacher/principal/head of department/manager must accompany any application. This letter must support the application by confirming your 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 you have the appropriate and current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
You can progress onto the BA (Hons) Education (Top Up) degree that may provide a route into PGCE qualification and teaching.
Graduates from this course have also secured promotions within their current roles, working within education.
Your foundation degree isn’t just about securing that all-important academic qualification. It’s about gaining life and work skills to help you get ahead in the job market and gain employers’ respect. As a graduate of awarding body Staffordshire University, you’ll gain skills and attributes that will help you stand out from the crowd, and become an employable, enterprising, and entrepreneurial individual.
Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, a blended approach will offer the flexibility of learning for students through the use of face-to-face and virtual lectures, workshops, and group work. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count toward your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count toward your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, case studies, portfolios, presentations, and a final-year independent project.
You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. examination feedback may take a variety of formats.
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