Supporting Children in Primary Education Foundation Degree

Course Code: SCEDE
Learning Aim Code: Z0002020
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time
Duration: Two years plus one semester
Campus: Wellington Road Campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you currently work as a member of support staff in a primary school the Foundation Degree will give you a progression route to qualified teacher status (QTS).

The course will help you to develop a more indepth understanding of the theories of child development by looking at current research in the field and give you the opportunity to develop your skills by extending your understanding and knowledge of new developments and services in the sector.

The course provides an understanding of early childhood incorporating all aspects of development of children and young people from birth to 19 years, as well as current legislation which affects young children and their family and will enable you to evaluate and develop appropriate teaching approaches and reflective thinking when working in early years.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the development of practical, personal and professional attributes and includes developing a knowledge of supporting children in literacy and numeracy in the primary school.

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree will enable you to progress to either a BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies or BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies at the University of Wolverhampton which can be combined with the registered teacher programme in order to gain QTS.

NOTE: You will have the opportunity to apply for 40 credits APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning) at Level 4.

This is a part-time course which runs over two years and one semester.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study the following modules:

  • Reflective practitioner
  • Promoting inclusive practice
  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Professionals in context
  • Supporting children in literacy and numeracy in the primary school
  • Developing critical reflection and practice
  • Enabling learning
  • Exclusion from school and social justice
  • Research methods

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Build on your professional experiences, linking them to theory
  • Gain an understanding of primary educational settings, considering how you can meet and address the challenges of inclusive education
  • Reflect on your professional development in a positive way as members of a diverse global society
  • Feel confident to challenging assumptions, responding to different views in an enterprising way
  • Adopt collaborative ways of working with parents and other professionals
  • Consider a range of issues and perspectives surrounding working with vulnerable groups
  • Study current policies, procedures and practice, relating these to your workplace experiences
  • Develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Practical, written and online assessments
  • Written assignments
  • In class tests
  • Presentations
  • Viva Voce (verbal exam)

What can I do next?

Successful completion of the course will enable you to:

  • Progress to a BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies at the University of Wolverhampton
  • Pursue a career in early years’ education in a number of roles including teaching, social work, health education, early year's management, children’s information services, play services and community family support work, educational welfare officer or play therapist

    What are the Entry Requirements?

    To access this course you are required to:

    • Be employed or have one-to-two years’ post qualifying experience working with children and families or be in a long-term voluntary placement in a primary school setting
    • Hold a Level 3 qualification in a related subject – eg NVQ Level 3, Diploma in Childcare and Education, BTEC National Diploma, NNEB Diploma or Level 3 Diploma Teaching Assistant
    • Usually be over 21 years of age

      We also offer the opportunity to accredit prior certificated learning at Level 4 through the APL system.

      You will also be required to have a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

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