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 teaching foundation course builds on your existing experience in primary or secondary education. You’ll develop your knowledge, understanding and experience within a variety of different school contexts – while you focus on your professional development and career ambitions. After graduating from this course you'll be able to pursue the three year top-up degree to confer your status as a qualified teacher (QTS).
You’ll have the flexibility to study while you work – spending just one day on campus to complement your experiential learning in the workplace.
Once you’ve completed our foundation course, 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 Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.
Our foundation course is an ideal starting point for developing your volunteer or support experience into qualifications that you can tailor to suit your career ambitions.
Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll have the option to pursue a full BA degree or direct your learning towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.
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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.
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. 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.
Assessment is by continuous submission of coursework, including written assignments, projects, presentations and portfolios of evidence.
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.