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L4/L5 FOUNDATION DEGREE SUPPORTING TEACHING AND LEARNING
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L4/L5 FOUNDATION DEGREE SUPPORTING TEACHING AND LEARNING

TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY - FOUNDATION DEGREE IN SUPPORTING TEACHING & LEARNING
Start Date 
29/09/2021
End Date 
10/05/2023
Attendance 
Part Time
Target audience 

This programme is suitable for students who are already working or volunteering in a classroom supportive role within an educational setting. The course aims to develop professional practice and increase knowledge in particular when working with special educational needs. On completion, the progression into the BA (Hons) Education is available with many students taking further opportunities into a chosen teaching career.

Entry requirements 

For entry at Year 1 - Level 4, applicants must have:

  • A level 3 Diploma qualification or equivalent in a subject area relevant to supporting teaching and learning in an educational setting (for example, Childcare, Education, Supporting Teaching and Learning, Health and Social Care);
  • Access to 150 hours work (paid or voluntary) in an area related to supporting teaching and learning with children and young people aged 5-16 in an educational setting (not organised by the University or College);
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity.  Students not currently in relevant paid work will be required to obtain this via University and College processes at their own cost.

For entry at Year 2 - Level 5, applicants must have:

  • 120 credits at Level 4 in a FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning or equivalent (for example, in Childcare, Early Years, Education);
  • Experience working in the supporting teaching and learning sector;
  • Access to 150 hours work (paid or voluntary) in an area related to supporting teaching and learning with children and young people aged 5-16 in an educational setting (not organised by the University or College);
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity.  Students not currently in relevant paid work will be required to obtain this via University and College processes at their own cost.
Course content 

Year 1 (Level +4):

The first year of the programme is designed in such a way to meet the needs of the students and provide appropriate supported opportunities for progression.

Modules delivered:

  • Working with Children and Young People with SEND
  • Exploring and Planning Learning
  • Behaviour that Challenges
  • Personal and Professional Development Plan
  • Personal and Professional Development Portfolio

In addition to your taught modules you need to complete a minimum of 150 hours work placement.  Your work placement is designed to allow you to embed your learning from the taught modules and relect on and enhance professional practice.

Year 2 (Level 5):

The final year of the programme is designed to follow a similar structure to Year 1. The final year will provide an excellent grounding for further study to the top-up degree.

Modules delivered:

  • Inclusive practice
  • Research in Education
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Professional Development Portfolio

In addition to your taught modules you need to complete a minimum of 150 hours work placement for each academic year.  Your work placement will give you the opportunity to use examples to support discussions and debates in class and your academic writing  for your assessed work.

 

 

Teaching & Learning 

This programme is designed to meet the needs of students who are engaged in practice (paid or unpaid) supporting teaching and learning in an educational setting. To broaden access to the programme as widely as possible blended learning approaches will be used which are replicated across each of the modules. Delivery methods include lecture and seminar activities and students will be further supported by group and individual tutorials and workshops with the use of a virtual learning environment (VLE). Students will use the IT Lab to develop IT skills and for online research.

Tutors delivering the modules will demonstrate models of good practice with regard to teaching/learning to accommodate students with a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Assessment criteria 

A variety of assessment methods will take place throughout the programme and have been chosen to allow students to become confident, critical and creative in their work to be able to adapt their academic writing style to a range of situations.  Assessments throughout the modules will include both formative and assessment methods.

Assessment methods:

  • Portfolio -  this is designed to allow students to identify a range of  personal and professional development needs and to build up evidence from a range of sources to support this development and encourage them to critically reflect on their progress and become a more confident practitioner.
  • Essays - these are designed to develop students' academic writing skills.  In encouraging students to write at length on a given topic or issues in supporting teaching and learning, using a range of academic sources and texts.
  • Report and small-scale research project - the aim of this style of assessment is to develop key skills in report writing to support progression onto the top-up degree for the Individual Practice Project.
  • Case study and teaching resource - these assessment methods are designed to offer an alternative style of writing which embeds theory into professional practice.

 

Progression 

Successful students may progress to the Level 6 (top-up) qualification: BA (Hons) in Education and Training at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Courses

Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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