We’ve been delivering education courses for over 60 years – and are proud to be ranked in the top 250 in the world for education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).
Our two-year Learning and Teaching Foundation degree builds on your existing experience in primary or secondary education. You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of a variety of different school settings – while you focus on your professional development and career ambitions.
You’ll have the flexibility to study while you work – spending just one day each week engaged in online learning activities to complement your experiential learning in the workplace gained through your existing employment.
Once you’ve completed our foundation degree with a merit or distinction, you’ll be able to apply to our one-year learning teaching degree to gain a full BA qualification.
You’ll be at the forefront of education practice in the UK, with plenty of support from tutors who are active researchers in the field.
While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Learning Enhancement Team (LET), who have experience in your subject area.
Our foundation course is an ideal starting point for developing your career in education whilst enabling you to continue with your current employment.
Once you’ve completed the course with a merit or distinction, you’ll have the option to pursue a full BA degree to continue your development pathway towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.
*This course is under review and subject to change.
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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.
The module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) within school contexts. The module considers theoretical views of SEND and their application to practice using fictional case studies. There is a consideration and exploration of the importance of team work and engagement with families and the child. There is a careful exploration of agency for the child and family and consideration of multiple perspectives – including the perspective of the child through empathy.
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
If you successfully complete FdA Learning and Teaching with a merit or distinction, 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
Liz Beasley is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University teaching on the FdA Learning and Teaching and the BA Learning and Teaching. The modules taught include Curriculum Studies, Inclusive Education, SEND and Professional Practice in Learning and Teaching. Liz has experience teaching in early childhood settings, schools, summer camps, colleges and universities in the USA as well as in the UK. Liz has a strong research interest in supporting reflective practice in HE and in the ‘Student Voice’. Liz is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.