Foundation Degree in Education

Foundation Degree in Education

  • Course Code: PLR5FDE001 (APP17)
  • Prospectus Title: Foundation Degree in Education
  • Mode of Study: PART-TIME
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Start Date: 14 September, 2017 (Subject to change)
  • Course Tuition Fee: £5940 per year
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Entry requirements

Please note that this course is awarded by Staffordshire University. 160 UCAS Points or a Level 3 qualification. Three GCSEs at grade C or equivalent including English Language and maths (if these qualifications are not held a willingness to work towards English and Maths). Accreditation may be given for prior learning or relevant work experience for mature learners. You should be employed for at least 4 hours per week in an appropriate education role and setting. The employment may be paid or voluntary but must be evidenced at the commencement of the course. It will be a requirement that each student completes a self-declaration in relation to criminal activity at enrolment. It is also a requirement that each student either holds a current enhanced DBS or has one in place prior to accessing a relevant workplace as part of their studies - for which there will be a charge. Student Services will support you in obtaining this.

International students will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English - please see

All applicants will be required to attend an interview to determine eligibility.

Who is it for?

The Foundation Degree in Education is suitable for those working or volunteering in education who wish to build on their knowledge and experience through study at higher level, it is also suitable for Level 3 students wanting to progress on to Higher Education. Successful completion of the award enables direct progression onto a top-up BA (Hons) Degree in Education.

What does the course involve?

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 course consists of 8 modules, the first 4 of which are assessed at Level 4, with the rest at Level 5. All modules are 30 credits. All modules require the equivalent of 300 hours of student learning. This consists of 30 hours classroom contact time and 270 hours of independent study per module. Each module relies on work-based reflection and development, targeting personal and professional improvement throughout in order to help you to reflect and act on your career aspirations.

Work-based reflection and development forms a major part of the overall course content and assessment. Throughout the course, you will therefore engage in: work-based tasks; creation of resources to support learning; observation of the practice of professionals; reflection on organisational practice; wider understanding of sector practice; work placement research. Successful graduates will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Arts from Staffordshire University and you will be entitled to add FdA after your name. For

How is the course assessed?

Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments, developing portfolios, examinations and presentations. Please refer to the Course Specification for information on assessment for this particular course.

Additional costs

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Additional notes

At Shrewsbury College we do our best to make HE study as easy as possible for you and that includes making living away from home for the first time an exciting prospect, rather than a cause for concern. If you're planning on studying at a higher level at Shrewsbury College, student accommodation is now available in the centre of Shrewsbury. For more information please follow this link:

Progression Bonus: Christmas 2017
Any existing student who progresses onto a higher level course with us in September 2017 and remains on the course until December 2017 will receive a £200 bonus. *assuming there is a progression route from your course.

What do I do next?

You can apply online by clicking on this link where you will need to create an account as a new user. 

If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Other details

Complete application form. No concessions.

Fees stated are the annual cost.

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