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Learn from professionals with real-world experience in the field of education
Specialise in your chosen field of education part-way through the course
Link your studies with your existing work placements
Are you keen on helping develop minds for the future? This may be the next step in fulfilling those aspirations, a Foundation Degree that offers comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills required by those supporting learning and teaching.
It is practically based and focused on the workplace. The course develops understanding of teaching and learning, working in education, and behaviour management. It also covers skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression.
If you have an appropriate level 3 vocational early childhood studies qualification and are working in an early childhood setting you can choose to specialise in early childhood studies - this is a great way to tailor your award to your career aspirations, and further develop your knowledge of educational practice in an early years setting.
On successful completion of study, if you choose not to specialise, we will issue the following award: FdA Education. If you do specialise in early childhood studies, on successful completion you will be issued with the award of FdA Education (Early Childhood Studies).
This course is delivered one day per week.
Students on this course are normally working in schools or education settings, although those wishing to specialise in early childhood studies will normally work in an early childhood setting. Your existing workplace will make up your placement location.
Consequently a good deal of learning on this course will take place in the workplace using the experience of colleagues, observation, practice and reflective discussion.
This course which is awarded by Staffordshire University will give you a deeper understanding of: up to date developments in the education sector; how to apply key theories and principles of education to your professional practice to meet the specific needs of your employer and your own personal development; wider professional and academic skills development to help secure your current employment and broaden your future career options.
The course therefore has the following overall aims, which focus on developing your career aspirations and opportunities to: become a ‘discipline expert’ in education; develop your professionalism; develop your wider professional practice; develop your independent thinking skills.
The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
Module code: EDUC40616
Looking to develop your academic, personal and professional development? This module offers an opportunity to build upon your existing knowledge, skills and understanding and will encourage you to adopt a positive approach to your new course. It is a shared module for both pathways, with topics including principles and approaches to reflection, roles & responsibilities and developing academic skills; as well as providing opportunities to consider personal career aspirations. This module will gain you 20 credits at level 4 towards the full 240 credits for your Foundation Degree.
Module code: EDUC40614
Module code: EDUC40613
Module code: EDUC40615
Module code: EDUC50614
Module code: EDUC50612
Module code: EDUC50615
Module code: EDUC50613
Newcastle College, as part of the Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group, has consistently high qualification achievement rates that place it in the top 10% of colleges in England for learners aged 16-18.
All part-time applicants are individually assessed on their qualifications, skills and experience. However, you would normally
Entry will be subject to a successful interview and applicants providing evidence that they have a clear enhanced DBS check which confirms that there are no reasons why a candidate should not work with children.
Those applicants intending to study the Early Childhood Studies pathway would need to:
You must be employed for at least four hours per week in an appropriate educational role and setting. This employment may be paid or voluntary. A letter from your head teacher/principal/head of department/manager must accompany any application. This letter must support the application by confirming your involvement in supporting education and state that every effort will be made to support the applicant in undertaking the work-based activities required by the programme. The letter must also state that you have the appropriate and current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
You can progress onto the BA (Hons) Education (Top Up) degree that may provide a route into PGCE qualification and teaching. If you choose to specialise in Early Childhood Studies you can also progress onto the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up) degree.
Graduates from this course have also secured promotions within their current roles, working within education.
Your degree isn't just about securing that all-important academic qualification. It’s about gaining life and work skills to help you get ahead in the job market and gain employers’ respect. As a graduate of awarding body Staffordshire University, you'll gain skills and attributes that will help you stand out from the crowd, and become an employable, enterprising and entrepreneurial individual.
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Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, a blended approach will offer flexibility of learning for students through the use of face-to-face and virtual lectures, workshops and group work. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, case studies, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent project.
You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.
Independent learning and reflection takes place throughout the course. This includes access to reading, work placements and access to virtual learning environments and blended activities.
For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:
As a part-time student studying at one of our partner colleges your fees are fee protected, meaning you will pay the same fee each year for the duration of your course.
If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.
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