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Educational Practice Foundation Degree (FdA)

Why study this course?

This course is suitable if you are currently working as a teaching
assistant or in other educational settings, and aims to equip you
with the knowledge, skills and expertise required for working with
children of primary age. This Foundation Degree is specifically
designed for support staff working in education or those interested
in developing a route into teaching.

Our staff have a wide range of industry expertise in the fields of
childcare, youth work, primary education, health and psychology. They
are kept up-to-date through continued professional development
activities including membership of the Institute for Learning. All staff
have achieved postgraduate qualifications and may also be working
towards a doctorate.

What will I study?

Year 1 (90 credits)
• Introduction to Higher Education (30 credits)
• Developing Learning (30 credits)
• Inclusive Practice (30 credits)
Year 2 (90 credits)
• Developing English and Mathematics (30 credits)
• The Learning Environment (30 credits)
• Developing Mathematics (30 credits)
Year 3 (60 credits)
• English Theory and Practice (30 credits)
• Reflecting on Practice (30 credits)

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

On successful completion of this course you will have enhanced your
knowledge of education 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 an
Applied Education Studies BA (Hons) Degree. With further study you
can also enter teacher training and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by a variety of methods including written
assignments, presentations, research projects and reflective journals.
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.

Are there any additional costs?

Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

You will have a minimum of 4 hours contact time per week (during the academic year) with your unit tutor and peer group in class. This will run once a week in the evening at Tresham. As the course progresses, there will be additional work to complete using the virtual learning environment, you must therefore have access to a PC, printer and the internet. The online element of the course will be between 1 and 6 hours per week as a minimum at level 5 (Year 2).