• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2020

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

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.

Course Modules

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, Academic Year 2020-2021: £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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can choose to top-up to a full degree, by studying our BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Primary Education and Education).

With this degree, and GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science, you will be able to apply for a one-year formal programme of initial teacher training such as a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.

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