If you aspire to become a Primary School Teacher, but wish to remain working, our Foundation Degree in Primary Education allows you to take the first step on your journey towards teacher training.
We will work with you to develop your skills and knowledge in supporting the development of children, building on your passion for teaching, creativity and for learning.
You will be able to stay in your current job, as a teaching assistant or other paraprofessionals working in a primary school, and gain a foundation degree qualification.
Foundation degrees are particularly appropriate for people returning to learning after a break or who have not followed a conventional route in gaining their existing qualifications.
The course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status but is a stepping-stone towards this.
We offer a more manageable solution, allowing you to fit your studies around your work commitments. On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can ‘top-up’ to a full degree before progressing to further training, either based in a school or studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
The course team are experiencedpractitioners who are familiar with the contexts of initial teacher training. Work-based learning is integral to the programme. It aims to ensure that the course has real and immediate benefits for professionals working with children and young people. If you’ve not studied for some time, our team within our Learning Development Unit can help you develop your academic abilities. Much of our support is given in one-to-one tutorials so we can tailor our input to your specific needs. You can access a range of online resources to support you in your learning.
You will also benefit from the facilities at our High Wycombe Campus. Located right in the town centre, the campus is home to our impressive library, housed over four floors in our flagship building, The Gateway.
Our High Wycombe Campus is easy to get to by bus or train, with direct links into London. And, if you’re coming by car, we’re just a short drive from the M40, and a short stroll from the main public car parks.
Learning and teaching
On our Foundation Degree in Primary Education, you will benefit from lectures, workshops, small group work and individual tutorials.
Visiting speakers will be used to provide additional perspectives and up-to-date input on the changing world of integrated children’s services.
As well as lectures, you will also have material online on our virtual learning environment. So, no matter where you are, you can access useful materials to help you on the course. You are also encouraged to interact with other students and tutors on online discussion forums in between teaching.
Our online learning package helps you make the most of your time, and means you can focus on the issues relevant to you. It also minimises your time away from your workplace.
What are the course entry requirements?
- A relevant Level 3 qualification
- A minimum of 2 years' relevant experience
- Current employment as a teaching assistant in a primary school (for a minimum of 2.5 days a week)
- Support of your school or setting
- Someone to act as your mentor
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Year 1 Modules
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Personal and Professional Development for Teaching Assistants 1
- The Primary Curriculum
- The Team around the Child and Young Person
Year 2 Modules
- Inclusive Practice
- Mathematics and Science
- Personal and Professional Development in practice
- Philosophy of Education
How much does it cost
Part Time Home and EU: £4,900 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow