What I'll learn
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students will be able to progress to the BA (Hons) top-up in Education and Lifelong Learning which is a one-year programme.
However, the Foundation Degree is a recognised qualification in its own right and students have used it for career progression in learning support roles and in other educational careers.
Some foundation degree students, on completion of a third year top up, apply for the PGCE programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status.
If you wish to progress to Initial Teacher Training you must have Mathematics, English and a Science subject at GCSE Grade C or above at the point you apply for the PGCE.
How I'll learn
This is a work-based course and it is a requirement that participants are employed in a school or college. The course is considered full time, although it only requires attendance at the college for one day per week. For those receiving student funding or loans it is full time.
To undertake the course successfully entrants to the Programme should normally possess the following:
- a minimum of two years' relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and a Line Manager's letter of support and recommendation; or
- a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A-C), or O-level (grades A-C) normally including Mathematics and English Language, or · a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications.
All students must produce a 500 word piece of work reflecting on their role in their school or college which must be assessed by the programme leader.
How I'll be assessed
Students will gain a recognised University-awarded Foundation Degree and also have the opportunity to progress to a BA (Hons) top-up in Education and Lifelong Learning through one more year of study. Successful graduates will then be able to pursue a PGCE in order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.