|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
|Start Dates:||september 2019|
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Our popular Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) is recognised by Head teachers and Governors alike as a successful, relevant qualification that impacts positively on teaching and learning in schools. This degree can be studied as a 2 year full-time Lancaster University validated foundation degree designed as a professional development qualification for Primary School Teaching Assistants who want to further their understanding, knowledge and skills across the ever-changing primary curriculum.
Students taking part on the course may get involved in a range of trips and activities. Past students have enjoyed trips to a Steiner School near York looking at alternative philosophies of teaching and learning. Students on the course also take part in a range of team building activities and socialise as a group at organised events - this helps you to learn from colleagues and other students in both informal as well as formal settings.
You must have secured a signed agreement of a Head teacher to accept you for a placement in a Primary Class for at least 45 days (full-time) and an up-to-date DBS certificate
As well as your placement, you will be able to take part in a 2 day placement in a different primary school. Our students often tell us this is a valuable insight into the way that different primary schools operate. All staff teaching on the course are former or existing Primary school practitioners who are able to bring a wealth of valuable experience, real-life examples and case studies into the classroom.
- What will I study?
You will study a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise you with differing approaches in supporting the teaching and learning of primary English, Mathematics, Science and Computing and primary teaching and learning technologies to help you apply key theories, concepts and skills to the primary classroom. There will be opportunities to draw upon established and current primary age educational theories throughout all modules. The Professional, personal and academic practice of the primary teaching assistant will develop students understanding of personal development planning rationale and practices.
In the later stages of the course you will study how the challenging area of Special Education Needs and Disability and Inclusive Teaching and Learning practice impacts upon your teaching and learning support. Additionally, you will begin to research Contmeporary primary educational policy and practice that affect teaching and learning and engage in your own Practice Based Research.
You will also examine the foundation curriculum subjects and explore Professional, personal and academic practice of the primary teaching assistant. You will become familiar with the Assessment methods used in schools and complete an analysis of a case study implementing change in the primary environment. This work based Learning will enable learners to consider, explore and examine the key attributes needed to become an effective and reflective practitioner.
The 20 credit modules include:
- Supporting Teaching and Learning in English
- Supporting teaching and Learning in mathematics
- Supporting teaching and learning in science
- Computing and primary teaching and learning technologies
- Special education needs and disability (SEND) and inclusive teaching and learning strategies
- Professional, personal and academic practice of the primary teaching assistant
- Supporting teaching and learning in physical education, health and well-being
- Supporting teaching and learning in the foundation curriculum subjects
- Planning, assessing and evaluating teaching and learning
- Contemporary primary educational policy and practice
- Practice based research
- Implementing change in the primary environment
- Entry Requirements
You will need 48 UCAS points and a Level 2 Qualification or GCSE at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above in both English and Maths. One year’s recent experience working in a primary school for at least one day each school week (30 days) to allow you to carry out a placement for one and half days a week for two years.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. You will need a clear, current DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) certificate. All offers are conditional and are subject to a successful interview and the signed support of the Headteacher.
- How will I be assessed?
During the course you will be assessed by a variety of methods including coursework, written assignments, reports, poster presentations, electronic presentations and portfolio building. Additionally, there will be a series of reflective tasks to complete at your primary school placement or employment as well as a successful lesson observation in each year of your placement.
Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Formative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.
Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
- What can I do next?
Graduates of the programme traditionally do two things upon completion. The first is to join the BA (Hons) in Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) and, from there, progress onto a PGCE in Primary Education.
The Foundation Degree is recognised as quality award in the primary school sector. It can lead both directly and via top-up qualifications to careers in:
- Primary School Support
- Learning Mentoring
- Educational Management/Administration
- Family Support
- Behaviour Management
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for FdA Teaching and Learning Support (Primary). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.