This Foundation Degree is focused on the teaching and learning of children and young people, aged up to 25 years old. It will develop your awareness of current educational issues and policies, and the impact on the role of the teaching assistant and other support staff. The course will increase your knowledge and understanding of the needs and characteristics of different types of learners, including children, young adults and people with learning difficulties.
You will also gain a range of effective skills for supporting teaching and learning in a team work context. Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) develops the underpinning knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, the psychology of education, and the principles of working with children, families and other professionals to support the holistic needs of children and young people. Level 5 (Year 2 for full-time students) develops the foundations of understanding from Level 4 to support the progression of more critical thinking skills such as analysing the impacts of learning difficulties, the curriculum, behavioural difficulties and society on children and young people’s learning and development, and the practices of learning support assistants.
The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies. The balance of assessment by coursework and practical depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 - 100% coursework Year 2 - 83% coursework, 17% practical Timetables are normally available one month before the commencement of your studies. As a guide, in 2018/19 the first year of this programme was timetabled one day a week on a Wednesday (from 9.30-5pm) with additional online learning.
Ucas Code: P9L5
Award: FdA awarded by University of Plymouth
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may be able to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Child Development and Education, or BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society at University Centre South Devon or the BA (Hons) Education Studies degrees at the University of Plymouth. After competing your Honours degree, you could also consider postgraduate qualifications, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in order to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) or the other routes into teaching. Alternatively you will be able to use your knowledge to further your career within an education or family support setting.
"I decided to enrol on the FdSc Animal Science degree at the University Centre South Devon. The tutors were extremely supportive and encouraged me to complete my top up year at University of Plymouth. I had gained so much from completing the Foundation Degree it was an easy decision for me. I went on to graduate with a Bsc (Hons) in Animal Conservation Science. I'm so grateful I decided to return to College; every step of my journey has presented me with new opportunities. I now work at the College as a Lecturer in Animal Science helping students take the first steps toward their chosen career."Lorelei Kirwan
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