Foundation degree (A) Education (Awarded by Staffordshire University)

What is this course about?

The Foundation degree in Education offers comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills required by those supporting teaching and learning. It is a practical course focused on the workplace. The course develops understanding of teaching and learning, working in education and behaviour management. It also covers skills required for effective communication, self development and career progression. You will take a range of modules which will be formally assessed through a range of tasks and activities.
You will also be assessed on your understanding of: learner motivation and rewards; emotional intelligence and the effective learning environment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Foundation degree in Education must:
* Be employed for at least 4 hours per week, or equivalent to 2 days
per week in an appropriate role and setting;
* GCSE qualifications in English and Maths or demonstration of a Level 2 competence.
* Have a pass in a Level 3 vocational qualification

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Foundation degree (A) Education (Awarded by Staffordshire University)

Start: 12/09/2018
Days: Wed
Time: 17:00-21:00

How is it taught

Transferable skills are developed through practical workshops for the analysis and discussion of issues, documents and materials; work-based activities to establish connections between the workplace and issues raised by the programme; work with others, as a result of the development of interpersonal skills, to demonstrate the capacity to plan, to share goals, and work as a member of a team; communicate and present oral and written arguments; critical feedback from peers and tutors on work-based activities; guided reading, supported self-study and independent study to enable participants to engage with critical debate; use Information and Communication Technology, including word processing, databases, internet communication, information retrieval and on-line searches. Learning and teaching strategies at levels 4 and 5 are differentiated by a much greater emphasis at level 5 on the importance of theoretical underpinning to inform practice, compared to a greater emphasis on utilising participants’ experience to raise issues and develop understanding at level 4.
Through reflective discussion a high proportion of the learning and teaching undertaken within the course will reflect work based learning. Lecturers will also encourage you, through discussion, presentations and written accounts to reflect and apply academic knowledge and understanding undertaken.
A key learning and teaching resource used by students and tutors on the FdA Education (Teaching Assistants) is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You can direct own study time electronically. Furthermore there is a discussion area on the VLE. This will be used for you to post some work-based tasks and communicate with other classmates from your own college and other delivery sites. Tutors will provide help and further information regarding the VLE.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategies employed within the course offer you the chance to show performance against the learning objectives set in each module. An emphasis of workplace knowledge and understanding, alongside theoretical application provides you with the opportunity for reflection and evaluation of practice, both personal and of your organisation.
Assessment types, volume and length allow you to demonstrate skills and knowledge outlined within module assessment criteria. Timings of the modules provide all teaching to take place within school and college term times; including breaks for half-terms. Hand-in dates are also placed after school and college vacation times, again providing the student body required time, when not in the workplace, to complete assignments. The course will normally be studied over two years. The requirements of the award are that you must achieve an overall pass in each of the modules taken and produce a Personal Development Record. You are required to undertake work based tasks which include observations and enquiries. Your understanding and experience gained in these tasks are utilised within summative assessment. End of module assignments require you to complete a work based activity coupled with academic writing to support. This allows you to demonstrate application of the skills you have acquired within the workplace and knowledge and understanding from the taught elements of the course. Evaluative and reflective skills are assessed within the writing elements, which are explicitly included within the assignment guidelines.
The course delivery and assessment deadlines are strategically placed around school and college vacation time, providing you with further opportunity to successfully complete. You will be required to observe ethical considerations when researching and feeding back the outcomes orally and in writing. You will be assessed in every module for which you enrol. You may be required to undertake more than one element of assessment for a module, and will be given information on what is expected of you at the start of the module.
Knowledge, Understanding and Learning are assessed through tasks requiring the use of theoretical frameworks to develop specified aspects of professional practice, reviews of this and recommendations for policy and improved practice. Analysis and Reflection are assessed through professional practice and the analysis of complex situations and within reflection on your own value systems. Analysis and Reflection is also assessed through the accommodation of new ideas discussed within class and through written assignments. Transferable and generic skills are assessed through a variety of methods, including written assignments, professional practice, discussions and consideration of case-studies.
Work based assessment consists of a major part of the overall course assessment. There will be Assessment of Professional Practice in the workplace, portfolios of evidence and you will need to show understanding of personal development, workplace development and organisational awareness. The following will also be assessed:
Design and evaluation tasks, such as the development and evaluation of session plans and support materials, Research tasks, such as organisation-based studies emanating from the work on educational and professional issues,
Critical Evaluation of support materials and organisation-wide issues on the basis of evidence collected during your professional experience. You will complete a number of sharply focused written assignments designed to assess your academic and professional attainment and also to mirror the kinds of written tasks undertaken by education professionals in schools and colleges.

What else do I need to know?


Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres and independent study is integral to the course. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience. The course fee is per academic year. Financial support, including HE Loans may be available towards this cost and other expenses depending upon your personal circumstances. For more information please see http://www.stokecollege.ac.uk/hefinance. Application must be online through the Staffordshire University online system – see https://evision.staffs.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=DUSTC-09742ASE&code2=0002 Please note: this course is awarded by Staffordshire University and does not include a teacher training qualification.

What could I do next?


This Foundation degree in Education is designed to provide an opportunity for you if you are working with learners to build on your knowledge and experience and to enhance understanding of your current role. In addition it will provide a route towards obtaining a degree and professional qualifications at a higher level, e.g. BA (Hons) Education.


Careers


Higher education teaching professionals

Higher education teaching professionals deliver lectures and teach students to at least first degree level, undertake research and write journal articles and books in their chosen field of study.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertakes research, writes articles and books and attends conferences and other meetings.
  • Directs the work of postgraduate students.
  • Participates in decision making processes regarding curricula, budgetary, departmental and other matters.
  • Provides pastoral care or guidance to students.
  • Advises students on academic matters and encourages independent research.
  • Prepares, administers and marks examinations, essays and other assignments.
  • Prepares, delivers and directs lectures, seminars and tutorials.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£53,269

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 829
2019 813
2020 799

ANNUAL SALARY

£32,136 10%
£41,558 25%
£53,269 50%
£66,539 75%
£82,514 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

36 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 1.44%
25-34 14.5%
35-44 26.19%
45-54 31.84%
55-64 20.51%
65+ 5.49%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 0.5%
Level 2 0.25%
Level 3 1.15%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 2.74%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 19.85%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 34.69%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 40.82%

Further education teaching professionals

Further education teaching professionals supervise and teach trade, technical, commercial, adult education, secondary and post-secondary courses to students beyond minimum school leaving age.

Key Responsibilities

  • Liaises with other professional and commercial organisations to review course content.
  • Assists with the administration of teaching and the arranging of timetables.
  • Arranges instructional visits and periods of employment experience for students.
  • Prepares, administers and marks examinations, essays and other assignments.
  • Prepares, delivers and directs lectures, seminars and tutorials.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£38,834

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 1,119
2019 1,086
2020 1,059

ANNUAL SALARY

£24,731 10%
£31,013 25%
£38,834 50%
£47,798 75%
£56,035 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

50 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 1.94%
25-34 19.34%
35-44 22.7%
45-54 33.87%
55-64 18.84%
65+ 3.28%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.42%
Level 1 0.54%
Level 2 0.4%
Level 3 3.81%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 10.31%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 27.88%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 46.24%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 10.41%

Secondary education teaching professionals

Secondary (and middle school deemed secondary) education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction in one or more subjects, including physical education and diversionary activities, within a prescribed curriculum in a secondary or secondary/ middle school.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.
  • Discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals.
  • Supervises teaching assistants and trainees.
  • Undertakes pastoral duties.
  • Supervises any practical work and maintains classroom discipline.
  • Maintains records of students.
  • Prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations.
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students.
  • Prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches one or more subjects.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£47,965

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 3,607
2019 3,484
2020 3,381

ANNUAL SALARY

£29,827 10%
£38,563 25%
£47,965 50%
£58,032 75%
£68,952 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

168 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 3.98%
25-34 31.65%
35-44 26.91%
45-54 23.2%
55-64 13.08%
65+ 1.15%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.06%
Level 1 0.18%
Level 2 0.26%
Level 3 1.31%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 3.26%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 29.23%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 63.54%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 2.16%

Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.
  • Discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals.
  • Supervises teaching assistants and trainees.
  • Undertakes pastoral duties.
  • Teaches simple songs and rhymes, reads stories and organises various activities to promote language, social and physical development.
  • Supervises students and maintains classroom discipline.
  • Maintains records of students.
  • Prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations.
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students.
  • Prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches a range of subjects.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£43,638

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 4,105
2019 4,084
2020 4,068

ANNUAL SALARY

£26,250 10%
£34,570 25%
£43,638 50%
£53,123 75%
£63,419 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

206 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 7.64%
25-34 31.63%
35-44 25.07%
45-54 22.74%
55-64 11.55%
65+ 1.34%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.19%
Level 1 0.26%
Level 2 1.02%
Level 3 1.61%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 6.46%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 46.91%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 43.22%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.34%

Special needs education teaching professionals

Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.

Key Responsibilities

  • Discusses student.
  • Updates and maintains students.
  • Liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.
  • Supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline.
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress.
  • Encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability.
  • Develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student.
  • Gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student.
  • Assesses student.
  • Creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£35,360

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 734
2019 721
2020 711

ANNUAL SALARY

£19,760 10%
£26,624 25%
£35,360 50%
£43,826 75%
£52,811 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

33 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 4.87%
25-34 19.47%
35-44 21.03%
45-54 29.51%
55-64 23.19%
65+ 1.9%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 0.21%
Level 2 2.06%
Level 3 5.32%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 6.55%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 38.99%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 45.51%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 1.35%

Senior professionals of educational establishments

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the administration, support systems and activities that facilitate the effective running of a university, college or other educational establishment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and maintains quality assurance procedures.
  • Assists with recruitment, public relations and marketing activities.
  • Arranges for the preparation and publication of syllabuses and other official documents.
  • Organises examinations, necessary invigilations and any security procedures required.
  • Drafts and interprets regulations and deals with queries and complaints procedures.
  • Acts as secretary to statutory and other bodies/committees associated with the educational establishment.
  • Controls administrative aspects of student admission, registration and graduation.
  • Leads or contributes to decision making processes regarding curricula, budgetary, disciplinary and other matters.
  • Provides administrative support to the academic team.
  • Arranges for evaluation of management, accounting, information storage and retrieval and other facilities.
  • Considers staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£65,187

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 780
2019 768
2020 758

ANNUAL SALARY

£34,840 10%
£48,547 25%
£65,187 50%
£82,597 75%
£98,758 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

35 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 2.06%
25-34 14.03%
35-44 23.41%
45-54 35.28%
55-64 23.29%
65+ 1.9%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 2.06%
Level 2 7.18%
Level 3 8.52%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 5.81%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 33.61%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 39.42%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 3.41%

Education advisers and school inspectors

Education advisers and school inspectors plan, organise and direct the educational activities and resources in a local authority education area, and undertake inspections of schools and other training establishments excluding universities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepares reports on schools concerning teaching standards, educational standards being achieved, the spiritual, moral and social development of pupils, resource management etc.
  • Observes teaching, assesses learning level and discusses any apparent faults with teachers, heads of department and head teachers.
  • Arranges for the provision of school medical and meals services.
  • Verifies that school buildings are adequately maintained.
  • Appoints and controls teaching staff.
  • Plans and advises on the provision of special schools for children with physical or learning disabilities.
  • Advises on all aspects of education and ensures that all statutory educational requirements are being met.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£35,859

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 240
2019 239
2020 237

ANNUAL SALARY

£20,134 10%
£27,206 25%
£35,859 50%
£45,219 75%
£54,829 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

11 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 1.72%
25-34 13.5%
35-44 20.4%
45-54 31.51%
55-64 27.96%
65+ 4.88%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 0.33%
Level 2 0.39%
Level 3 3.76%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 7.28%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 44.04%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 42.5%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 1.69%

Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of other education and teaching occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 231: Teaching and Educational Professionals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teaches English as a foreign language and assists in the tuition of foreign languages.
  • Provides private academic, vocational and other instruction to individuals or groups.
  • Co-ordinates the activities of private music and dancing schools, training centres and similar establishments.
  • Designs and implements methods of assessing the performance of students, co-ordinates and undertakes the evaluation of assessments and awards grades of merit based upon performance.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£31,574

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 1,326
2019 1,325
2020 1,324

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,992 10%
£23,525 25%
£31,574 50%
£40,269 75%
£49,629 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

69 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 7.31%
25-34 20.71%
35-44 24.62%
45-54 26.37%
55-64 15.87%
65+ 5.09%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.22%
Level 1 1.83%
Level 2 3.28%
Level 3 11.86%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 13.43%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 35.67%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 30.77%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 2.93%
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