This Foundation Degree is focussed 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.
This programme aims to combine academic theory and practical experience by utilising work-based and experimental forms of learning. The course is delivered through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, independent study and practical activity. The course also utilises online resources for distance learning, which means that you will be able to continue working in an appropriate professional capacity whilst developing academically.
Ucas Code: P9L5
Award: FdA awarded by Plymouth University
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, at South Devon College or the BA (Hons) Education Studies degrees at Plymouth University. 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). Alternatively you will be able to use your knowledge to further your career within a school or teaching organisation.
I was lucky enough to secure work on the Animal Unit, based at South Devon College. It was during my time studying and working at the College that I realised I wanted to teach. I wanted to share my knowledge and passion with others and hopefully inspire them to pursue a career in the sector. I completed my FdA Teaching and Learning and I am now working towards my PGCE. I'm so grateful I decided to return to study; 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
This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus.
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