Foundation Degree Supporting Learning and Teaching
93% of UWTSD students at the School of Social Justice & Inclusion in Swansea agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2017.
A foundation degree is a work-based learning qualification at higher education level (Levels 4 and 5). It offers a formal qualification for those wishing to work in education settings in a support role.
The programme offers a comprehensive range of generic modules suitable for those who wish to work in early years, primary or secondary schools, including special education settings. It combines university-based study and work placements, allowing students to examine both theory and practice relating to supporting learning and teaching.
- Study and Work skills
- Language Acquisition and Literacy
- Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
- Science, Technology and Numeracy
- Inclusion and Diversity
- Classroom based research
This is a required element of the programme during term time, consisting of a minimum of 60 hours per term. This provides opportunities for students to develop work skills and apply theory learned during college based sessions. A variety of different types of placement will be offered during the two years of the programme. A DBS check is required
Applicants should have a minimum of 80 UCAS points or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification (e.g. Advanced GNVQ, BTEC).
On completion of the Foundation Degree, students may wish to complete the one-year top-up to a full Bachelors degree in Education Studies at UWTSD Swansea (or other similar top-up programmes). This could lead to
a teaching or other professional career in education. Alternatively the Foundation degree itself provides a high level of qualification when applying to work in a support role (Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, etc.) in school settings.