What's covered?

This course is for Learning Support Assistants and other paraprofessionals working in primary schools, who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in supporting the learning and development of children, wish to stay in their current job and gain a degree qualification. Foundation Degrees are particularly appropriate for people returning to learning after a break or who have not followed a conventional route in gaining their existing qualifications. The work-based element of the course closely follows the preparation needed for the award of Higher Level Teaching Assistant. The course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status but is a stepping-stone towards this. You would study at the Langley campus of East Berkshire College on a Wednesday between 9.30 am - 5.00 pm. This Foundation Degree is validated by Bucks New University What you will study: Modules for Year 1 - Level 4 - Personal and Professional Development for Teaching Assistants - The Primary Curriculum - Communication, Language and Literacy - Team around the child and young person Modules for Year 2 - Level 5 - Personal and Professional Development in Practice -Philosophy of Education - Inclusive Practice - Maths, Science and Computing

What do you need?

  • A relevant Level 3 qualification - A minimum of 2 years' relevant experience - Current employment as a teaching assistant in a primary school (for a minimum of 2.5 days a week) - Support of your school or setting - Someone to act as your mentor

How you are assessed

Your work will be assessed through presentations, essays, case studies, reports, personal development log and a timed test. You will also create a poster and a teaching resource.

How Long?

The duration of this course is 2 years.

What course next?

Successful completion of the foundation degree (FdA) entitles you to progress onto a one-year programme in Practice Development leading to a B.A. Hons. With this degree and GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science, you will be able to apply for a one-year formal programme of initial teacher training such as a Post-graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

What could this lead to?

Progression pathways can lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

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