This programme is designed for individuals who wish to work or who are already employed in the paraprofessional areas in support of the learning and teaching of learners of all ages. This includes roles in the classroom such as learning support assistant, teaching assistant or related roles such as learning mentor.
The qualification is awarded and quality assured by the University of Greenwich, and taught at West Kent College. The Tonbridge Campus where this course is taught is modern and conveniently located next to public transport links.
The programme is a balance of theory and practical application and it provides a potential route to the final year/stage of a related Bachelor's degree, such as BA (Hons) Education Studies or BA (Hons) Childhood Studies. Following this, graduates may be able to progress to teacher training, leading to qualified teacher status.
This foundation degree qualification is at Level 5 of the UK qualification framework and is equivalent to the first two years of a degree programme.
The programme will provide you with an introduction to the field of education studies. You will be prepared to create equality and diversity of opportunity, and learn anti-discriminatory practice through the presentation and discussion of general and current education topics and challenging subjects.
You will receive a broad overview of the education service, and particular features of the sector where you currently work, or would like to work. You will experience contexts in which you will develop and apply critical reflection and self-awareness in relation to your own practice, and to the relationships with your peers.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your personal and academic development, and develop the ability to work effectively by expanding your awareness, understanding and evaluation of core learning and self-management kills.You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff who have worked in a variety of educational settings and have different areas of expertise such as early years, additional needs, curriculum and social pedagogy.
Each module you study will be related to your own setting and experience and there is choice in the second year to select your own individual study. The programme consists of four modules per year, each with a weighting of 30 credits.
You will study in classroom spaces dedicated to higher education students and in close proximity to the useful resources of the College's Learning Resource Centre (LRC).Teaching resources will be based around the interactive whiteboard, Moodle, and the reading matter available in the LRC and remotely accessed resources from the University of Greenwich.
The skills you gain will enhance your opportunities of employment or promotion in the field of education – as you will learn to read critically, write to academic standards, engage in academic research and present ideas and findings to your peers. You will also study and work with your peers collaboratively.
If you have an interest in social sciences and in education in particular then you will find this programme of interest to you, especially if you wish to pursue a career in the field of teaching and in the allied jobs within education.
You will develop a range of academic skills – active reading, writing reflective critiques of your practice, essays, reports, book/journal reviews – and give presentations on your research and aspects of your work practice. You will also get involved in group projects such as designing your 'Vision of a School of the Future'.
Extracurricular activities include study visits and conferences at the University of Greenwich and other partner colleges.
2 Years Full Time
Taught in English