Foundation Degree for Teaching Assistants, Level 5 - University of Chester

University of Chester

An award of University of Chester

If you work as a Teaching Assistant or would like to become a Teaching Assistant at Level 4/5 and develop your professional knowledge and understanding while still working, then the Foundation Degree in Teaching Assistance may be for you. The Foundation Degree in Early Years comprises of 240 credits: 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5. Each module is worth 20 credits and you will study six modules at Level 4 across Year 1 and Year 2, Semester 1. You then study six modules at Level 5 across Year 2, Semester 2 and Year 3.

Throughout the course you will study 12modules in total. These include::

Year 1

Practice - based Enquiry

Promoting Positive Relationships

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Fostering Positive Relationships

Year 2

Supporting Learning and Teaching

Effective Learning Environments

Learning through ICT

Creativity and Learning

Year 3

Practice - based Enquiry (2)

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Inclusive Practice and Diversity

The Health and Well - being of Children and Young People
The FdA in Teaching Assistance is accredited by the University of Chester and is a flexible employment-related degree which combines traditional university study, with learning that takes place at work. It is equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree and has been designed specifically to equip you with relevant practical and transferable key skills. Once you have successfully completed your Foundation Degree, you can progress to other professional qualifications or to the final year of an honours degree programme.
●  An NQF/QCF Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject

●  English and (ideally) Mathematics a GCSE (or Equivalent), grade C or above

●  Approximately 2 years experience of working in a relevant setting either voluntarily or

●  employed

●  Support of their employer to undertake the programme with a satisfactory reference

●  A recent DBS check. There is currently a fee of approx. £44 that must be paid by the

●  applicant.

You must provide evidence of your qualifications, photocopies are not acceptable. Original certificates must be verified before you can be formally enrolled.
Assessment is through a variety of forms of coursework and includes: a reflective portfolio, presentation, analysis of work-place scenario, reflective essay and case study. The assessment strategies adopted are designed to enable students to demonstrate their achievement of module learning outcomes and the relationship between work - based learning and academic study.
This programme is central to the Government’s desire to create both a professional career structure (including graduate practitioner status) for those working in Education and Children’s Services and to improve routes into the teaching profession. Progression from a Foundation Degree can lead to a final year of an honours degree followed progression to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
£4,065 (Fee is per year)
Financial support could be available through Student Finance England.
Course Code:
Teacher Education & Teaching Assistants
Beaufort Road
3 Years
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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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