Foundation Degree Supporting Children in Primary Education Level 5

The Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education is for support staff in primary schools, enabling you to study while you work. It aims to build on your professional experiences, linking them to theory. The course focuses on primary educational settings, considering how you can meet and address the challenges of inclusive education. You will be encouraged to reflect on your professional development in a positive way as members of a diverse global society.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on challenging assumptions, responding to different views in an enterprising way and adopting collaborative ways of working with parents and other professionals. You will have opportunities to consider a range of issues and perspectives surrounding working with vulnerable groups. You will study current policies, procedures and practice, relating these to your workplace experiences. Modules will be delivered using a range of interactive teaching strategies in order to develop digital literacies and professional skills and attributes.

An example of the course units are;     

Year 1

Child Development
The Reflective Practitioner
Safeguarding
Inclusive Practice
Recognition of Prior Learning -1
Recognition of Prior Learning - 2

Year 2

Enabling Learning
Professionals in Context
Supporting Children in Literacy and Numeracy
Leading Practice and Critical Thinking

Year 3

Exclusion from School and Social Justice
Research Methods

The course is part time and is studied over 2.5 years, two evenings a week.

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Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education can lead to career progression in a range of areas. Potential future job roles include; learning mentor, pastoral care manager, inclusion manager for a local authority, inclusion officer for a charity or working in a Children’s Centre.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are: 1. Students must be employed in a support role in a primary education setting (teaching assistant, learning support assistant, cover supervisor, behaviour support worker, etc) with a minimum of one year’s experience. 2. Hold a recognised qualification at NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in a relevant field.

Additional Details

Work is assessed continually on an ongoing basis through the course. Deadlines for these assessments will be set at the beginning of each year. Typical methods of assessment include coursework, assignments and presentations.

When you apply to the college you will be invited for an interview to discuss the course and your career ambitions. Although most of the course will be delivered from the Telford College campus some modules may be delivered from the University Centre Telford where there is a small charge for parking. Tuition fees for this course are £4,110 (part time) for each of the first two years of study and £2,055 for the final year. Funding is available to support with the cost of this course and in some cases living expenses. Please see the Fee Information link for further advice and guidance relating to tuition fees and funding.

After the course

Upon completion of the Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education you can seek a top-up degree at university. There is a progression route to level 6 with University of Wolverhampton studying BA(Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disability, Inclusion and Childhood and Family Studies at University Centre Telford. There are also other possible routes to QTS after the completion of your BA Honours degree: a PGCE or the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. Many alumni have pursued careers in education, while others have chosen alternatives to teaching, including social work, mentoring and advocacy posts, which are all available after your degree.

Foundation Degree Supporting Children in Primary Education Level 5

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