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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 on campus to complement your experiential learning in the workplace gained through your existing employment.
Once you’ve completed our foundation degree, 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 career in education whilst enabling you to continue with your current employment.
Once you’ve completed the course, 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.
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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.
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.