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Learning and Teaching Foundation FdA

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Code
X31F
Start
October 2018
Duration
2 years full-time
One day per week
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Liz Beasley

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 and professional development.

Why study FdA Learning and Teaching 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 role.

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 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.

Course highlights

  • 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
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the FdA Learning and Teaching?

The two year course aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding about learning and teaching in a diverse range of educational contexts, including early years, primary, secondary and special education provision. You will study four modules across each year of the course. The modules are all assessed by coursework, which includes written assignments, posters and presentations. Course and module information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Modules

You will study four compulsory modules across each year of the two year course. Each module has a 30 credit value. You will be encouraged to relate your learning on the modules to your workplace context.

  • Year 1

    • Curriculum Studies 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of issues which influence current curriculum models in practice. The module focuses on the area of language development and aims to encourage critically evaluation how children’s language and communication skills are promoted and how adults can support this development.

    • Education Policy and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to develop your effectiveness within the workplace through awareness of key principles and concepts in policy and practice within a historical and socio-political context. You are encouraged to consider the relevance and impact of policy to professionals working in learning and teaching contexts.

    • How Pupils Learn and Develop (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning and developmental theories and perspectives that are applicable to children’s intellectual, social and emotional development. You are encouraged to consider how theories and perspectives on learning and development are applied in practice.

    • Inclusive Practices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to develop your effectiveness within the workplace through awareness of issues affecting equality, accessibility and inclusivity. It considers theories, principles and practice associated with concepts of class, ethnicity/race, gender, sexuality, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), English as an Additional Language (EAL), and Religion.

  • Year 2

    • Behaviour Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to enable application of developed understanding of behaviour management in supporting individualised and whole-group learning needs to school contexts. You are encouraged to consider approaches to managing challenging behaviour and investigate positive behaviour management of groups and individuals.

    • Curriculum Studies 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to build on your knowledge and understanding of issues covered in the Curriculum Studies 1 module. This module has a focus on the areas of Mathematics and Science and you are encouraged to consider approaches that support the development of children’s mathematical and scientific thinking.

    • Professional Studies (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop your professional knowledge and professionalism. You will consider the role that parents and carers play in a child’s learning and development. You are encouraged to reflect on your own evolving principles and practice in relation to your roles in the workplace and consider your professional development.

    • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module considers theoretical views of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their application to practice. The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of children with SEND within educational contexts. You are encouraged to investigate SEND legislation, policy, practice and terminology.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the FdA Learning and Teaching taught?

Teaching on FdA Learning and Teaching incorporates a variety of relevant strategies. Most of the face-to-face teaching is delivered through seminars. There will be tutor and student input, collaborative tasks, discussion and follow-up tasks and reading, which will feed into subsequent sessions.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches during the course. Such approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students in pairs or as part of a group. Learning activities may occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will be supported by a variety of media and online tools, which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources and learning materials. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are not only essential for your learning but are also highly valued by employers in the field of education.

Assessment

Assessment is by continuous submission of coursework, including written assignments, projects, presentations and portfolios of evidence.

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How can the FdA Learning and Teaching support your career?

If you successfully complete FdA Learning and Teaching, you can apply for the one-year BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching programme. This course enables you to gain a full Honours degree. You could then progress to postgraduate study.

If you wish to become a qualified teacher, you could apply for an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme as a route to gain 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.

Shirley Allen
Programme Leader

A former Primary School teacher, Shirley worked on initial teacher training programmes at the University of Hertfordshire before moving to Middlesex University in 2007 as Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. Shirley has worked on professional training programmes in the Early Years and Primary School sectors at Middlesex and is currently studying for a DProf, which focuses on the professional development of early years teachers.

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Start: September 2018

Duration: 1 year full-time, One day per week

Code: X309

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