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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:
Level 4
• Personal and professional development
• Learning and holistic development
• Safeguarding and developing educational practice
• Supporting learning and inclusion.

Level 5
Professionalism and career development
Behaviour for learning
Assessment for learning - guided research in Education
Leadership and team working

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 a week 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?

There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £26,575. If you earn less than that, you won’t have to repay anything. If you’re earning more than that, we’ll work out your repayments at 9% of your income over that amount. Maintenance loans are only available to students studying on a full-time basis. They are not available for students studying on a part-time basis. For full details visit

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

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