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The programme is one of its kind for the local area and as such will be developed to meet the needs of employers and the local economic climate. With this in mind subject specialists who teach within the local area or those that have substantiated experience will provide some of the teaching, in order for students to understand and apply the academic knowledge and skills taught to everyday practice. This lends itself to ensuring that students on this programme are equipped for employment in this field, but are also aware of future prospects in relation to job potentials. The programme will therefore provide extensive experience in the classroom beyond that normally found on a Foundation Degree.
All applicants irrespective of entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed by an appropriate member of academic staff and where possible an industry specialist will be present on the interview panel.
Applicants require 96 UCAS points which is equivalent to MMM at extended diploma or DD at diploma level in an education related subject or 60 Access to HE credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Students are also required to hold a minimum grade C or grade 5 in English, Maths and Science GCSE. All applicants will be required to undertake a target skills assessment as part of their admissions process.
An enhanced DBS will also be required at the point of application and prior to enrolment on the programme at a cost of £44 (August 2017). Students may be required to undertake various training throughout the course at a cost to the student; this cost will depend on the course.
Unfortunately this programme is unable to accept applications from international students due to visa restrictions on placement hours.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include evidence of relevant practical experience in sector.
The programme is designed to support students to develop as skilled and knowledgeable educators, who will be able to enhance local educational provision, predominantly at primary school level. This will be based across a variety of settings - Academy and Local Authority maintained schools.
This programme will support and provide opportunities to a wide range of students, from those wanting to up-skill, or those wanting to extend their career and become teachers within the sector. Due to the placement requirements on the course students will cover a vast amount of primary sector knowledge and gain experiences beyond the classroom.
This programme will be delivered in a number of ways that will benefit the student and support their practice. Students will be expected to attend all sessions provided, including training that is offered prior to students attending their placement. Delivery will take place through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars workshops, student-led discussions, directed learning tasks, online learning, experiential learning scenarios, presentations and debates.. Practical placement learning opportunities are also embedded throughout the programme.
Learning will be assessed by a variety of methods on this programme to develop the theory, knowledge and practice skills required for working in the sector.