About the FdEd Primary Education Studies (subject to revalidation) programme
The FdEd Primary Education Studies 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.
This programme is an exciting route into many future careers, but will predominantly be aimed at those wanting to become a Primary school teacher. Therefore, the experience gained at Foundation Degree level through this programme will be of great benefit, not only to the students, but also to future employers.
The programme has been designed to allow for students to develop a number of skills, but also to allow for students to experience new and innovative ways in which lessons can be delivered. With this is mind lecture/seminar sessions will be incorporated into the methods of delivery. However, these will often be in the form of flipped learning/blended learning which will allow for students to work towards becoming independent in their learning.
The programme will also embed online learning into each of the modules. This online aspect will form the basis for student formative assessment and will act as a forum for student discussion and tutor feedback. As such this aspect of the course will promote communities of practice and allow both students and tutor to discuss varying aspects of both the course and their experiences.
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.
What you will learn
Year One (Level 4) Certificate Stage:
- Educational Research
- Professionalism in Practice
- Child Development
- Policy in Practice
- Learning and Attainment
- SEN and D Identification and Intervention
Year Two (Level 5) Foundation Degree Stage:
- Reserach in Practice
- Competency to Practice
- Assessment for Learning
- Pedagogy and Principles of Children’s Learning
- Curriculum in Practice
- Health and Well-being in Children
Learning & Teaching Methods
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.
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.
Students may be able to progress onto further study in Primary teaching with Qualified Teacher Status. Alternatively, they may be able to enter a career as a teaching assistant or working in other school related careers and jobs.