For those already working or volunteering within primary and secondary education, our course allows you to study while you work, and focus your learning towards your career ambitions.
Why study FdA Learning and Teaching Foundation at Middlesex University?
We have been delivering education courses for over 60 years, ensuring that you benefit from the experience and expertise of our academic staff. Our two-year course blends theory with experiential learning in the workplace, and involves one day's attendance on campus while continuing in your educational
This tailored course allows you to develop knowledge, understanding and experience of learning and teaching in different school contexts and gain qualifications that will focus your career towards qualified teacher status (QTS) or other relevant graduate career pathways. If you successfully complete
the course, you can apply to top up to a full Honours degree on the one-year BA Honours Learning and Teaching course. It is ideal for those already working or volunteering in an education support role, such as a classroom or teaching assistant or as an unqualified teacher.
Students who successfully complete the Foundation Learning and Teaching degree can apply to the one-year BA Learning and Teaching (top up) programme if they wish to gain a full Honours degree
You can study while you work, allowing you to inform your coursework with experiential learning in the workplace
Our tutors are active researchers who bring the latest research findings to their teaching, placing you at the cutting-edge of education practice in the UK
One day's attendance on campus to enable you to study while you work
What will you study on the FdA Learning and Teaching Foundation degree?
You will study a range of core modules that aim to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding about learning and teaching. Modules focus on related topics such as Learning and Development, Inclusion, the Curriculum, Behaviour Management, Education Policy and Professional Development.
Assessment is by continuous submission of coursework, including written assignments, projects, presentations and portfolios of evidence.
What are the entry requirements for the FdA Learning and Teaching Foundation degree?
We require an 'A' level or equivalent qualification at Level 3, such as NVQ or BTEC
GCSEs at grade C or above, in English and Maths are also required
Equivalent qualifications are welcomed and maturity and experience are taken into account.
To apply, you need to be employed or acting in a voluntary capacity in a suitable learning context, such as classroom assistant, teaching assistant or unqualified teacher. You will need to negotiate with your head teacher or employer for release one day per week to attend sessions.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
What are your career options with a foundation degree (FdA) in Learning and Teaching?
Students who successfully complete the Foundation Learning and Teaching degree can apply to the one year BA Learning and Teaching (top up) programme, which would enable you to gain a full Honours degree. You could then progress to postgraduate study, and if you wish to become a qualified teacher, you could apply for an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme as a route to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), such as the PGCE courses we run (though you are not guaranteed a place).
Alternatively, the detailed understanding of learning and teaching that you gain, can further your career within your own school or another organisation.