Foundation Degree Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants
100% of UWTSD’s FdA Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants students agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2017.
This is an employment-related qualification at higher education level. It provides opportunities for people to develop personally and professionally.
The Foundation Degree in Inclusive Studies is specifically suited for Teaching Assistants. It is a 3-year course and lectures are delivered on Saturday at the Carmarthen Campus or in your local community on twilight sessions.
A variety of learning styles are used and the course provides opportunities to get the latest subject knowledge and exploration of recent research in subject areas. Completion of this degree could lead to more responsibilities in the workplace.
Work can be completed in either Welsh or English and there is an opportunity to complete the whole degree course through the medium of Welsh.
After completing this course there is an opportunity to study for a further 1 year and do the BA Social Inclusion (Inclusive Education) course which is again offered as a flexible provision and delivered on Saturdays or as twilight sessions.
The following modules will be studied throughout the 3 years:
- Skills for Success in Higher Education
- Supporting the Learner
- Overcoming Barriers to Specific Learning Difficulties
- Exploring Behaviour and Interventions in the Learning Environment
- Additional Needs in Context
- Principles of Learning and Teaching
- Numbers Count
- Literacy - a key to Learning
- Social Inclusion in Practice
- Celebrating Language and Cultural Belonging to Wales
- Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Keeping our Children Safe
The Foundation Degree is underpinned by a number of key generic and transferable skills. The programme involves the development of skills that may be of value in many situations, for example, analytical thinking, building relationships, and working as a member of an organisation, intervention, evaluation and reflection. Consequently, the programme is designed to enable students to develop a range of skills which they can use their work[lace/voluntary role. These include:
- ICT and numerical skills
- Researching, preparing and delivering presentations.
- The acquisition of research skills.
- Making effective use of visual aids.
- Working collaboratively or as part of a team.
- Working to deadlines.
- Skills in personal and professional development.
- Presentation Skills.
- A regard for relevant National Occupational Standards (e.g. HLTA: Higher Level Teaching Assistants)
- Listening, negotiation, collaboration and mediation skills.
- An understanding of policy and its links to practice.
- Reflective Practice.
- A requirement to integrate and apply a range of skills (i.e. not simply to demonstrate these in an isolated manner).
The course has no examinations and has a range of assessments to suit the needs of the students e.g.
- Seminar presentations
- Resource Pack
- Poster Presentation
- Personal Project/ Case Study
- Promotional Leaflet
- Video Presentation
If you have registered on Welsh-medium modules you can complete all assessments through the medium of Welsh
This course has no set entry requirements and all applicants will be invited for an interview with the Programme Director. We encourage applicants with a range of vocational qualifications and experiences to apply.
Many of the students decide to go on to do the BA Social Inclusion (Inclusive Education) course which is for 1 year and is a flexi provision.
Following this, some go on to follow a PGCE course.
Employment opportunities are as follows:
- Charity work
- Community Helper Sure Start
- PHSE School co-ordinator
- Playgroup Supervisor
- Pupil Support Officer
- Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
- Manager of School Nurture group
- Senior Teaching Assistant
- Higher Learning Teaching Assistant
- Eco School co-ordinator
- Healthy Schools co-ordinator.