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Course overview

Studied at NSCG Newcastle College, the Foundation Degree in Education is taught by experienced industry professionals and offers comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills required by those supporting learning and teaching through work based and college learning.
The course will allow you to develop personal and transferable skills and enable you to make an immediate contribution within your working life.
The course aims to develop an in-depth knowledge of teaching & learning incorporating inclusion and positive support strategies to promote learning and development. It also covers skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression.
You will attend college one session per week; this is likely to be one afternoon or one evening. In addition, you will be required to undertake some study outside the classroom and attend occasional tutorials at times to fit around work commitments. In the third year the course will finish towards Easter.

Over the two and a half years, you will study specialist units that could include:
• Personal, professional and academic development
• Learning and holistic development
• Behaviour for learning
• Supporting learning & inclusion.
• Safeguarding and developing educational practice
• Assessment for learning.

What else do I need to know?

Please note there may be additional costs for books, materials or other expenses. Applicants will need to be working/volunteering within the education sector and a statement of support and commitment from the employer/mentor must be provided, which indicates the applicant’s potential to access and fulfil the full range of roles and responsibilities. Applicants should have undergone an
enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service in respect of your current role.

*The course fee is £4,960 in years 1 and 2 and £2,480 in year 3.

What are the entry requirements?

A relevant Level 3 vocational qualification (i.e. BTEC, CACHE, NNEB or NVQ). A Levels may be considered alongside industry experience.
Applicants must be employed (paid or voluntary) for at least 4 hours in an educational setting.
GCSE qualifications in English and maths or demonstration of a Level 2 competence.
All students will be interviewed and assessed individually.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed mainly through course work; which is presented in a variety of styles which include essays, reports, presentations, and evaluated activity plans. You will be expected to relate your learning to your practice whenever possible. Work-based reflection and development forms a major part of the overall course content and assessment. Throughout the course, you will therefore engage in:
•Work-based tasks
•Creation of resources to support learning
•Reflection on organisational practice and practice of professionals
•Wider understanding of sector practice
•Work placement research.

What financial support is on offer?

You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or Higher Education Loan to help with the costs of your course if you are 19 or older and the course you are studying is an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course.

What can I do next?

After successful completion of your Foundation Degree you will receive a graduation ceremony and you can progress onto a ‘top-up’ degree at University to achieve the full BA (hons) which may lead to a teaching qualification.

How do I find out more?

For more information contact Amanda Garside by emailing amanda.garside@nscg.ac.uk

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