The Foundation Degree is aimed at Teaching Assistants/LSAs or other personnel working or volunteering with other learning environments. In this worked based learning degree, students gain further knowledge and turn their skills into a higher education qualification which ensures that students have a coherent progression route. Many students go on to gain a BA/PGCE/MA.
The Foundation Degree is not only delivered at the three campuses, it is also delivered in wider community settings such as Monkton Priory School in Pembrokeshire.
The programme gives students the opportunity to develop their skills, understanding, knowledge and critical analysis of the links between theory, policy, and practice, drawing on the students work based experiences.
Students will have the opportunity to present their work in either Welsh or English.
Flexibility - sessions are delivered as twilight sessions as well as Saturdays
Work based learning
No exams. Assignments and presentations only.
What you will learn
The programme offers a comprehensive range of exciting and relevant modules for those working in early years, primary and secondary schools, PRUs as well as ALN settings. It encompasses work-based modules which also include a wide range of transferable skills for the 21st Century.
The Foundation Degree provides opportunities for students to consider and analyse current educational issues in the light of their specific working environments and experiences. A multi-disciplinary approach provides the students with valuable transferable skills such as analysis and problem solving and communication and literacy in an ever-changing working environment.
The modules delivered include the following topics:
Additional Learning Needs
Literacy and Numeracy Barriers
Principles of Teaching and Learning
Welsh Culture and Belonging
Local, National and International Policy
Children and Young Peoples Wellbeing and Mental Health
Transferable Skills for Study, Work, and the Challenges of the Future.
Your written, verbal communication and creative skills will be developed across different methods as you learn the appropriate communication style for a particular subject area. For example, you might encounter a range of different assessment methods, including essays, reports, blogs, vlogs, as appropriate to different subject areas.
This course has incredibly supportive staff that are not only knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach but also fully understand the difficulties of studying whilst working full time. The course covers a host of relevant subjects that are both interesting and comprehensive and encourage the development of a range of academic skills. The shift to online learning due to COVID-19, whilst challenging, was managed superbly and we still had high quality, interesting and importantly fun lectures. Throughout the course I have gained relevant, in-depth theoretical understanding to compliment my classroom practice and rediscovered a love of learning.
Catherine Collings (Level 5)
I would recommend to anyone thinking of restarting their education to just take the plunge. Undertaking a part time Foundation Degree in Inclusive Education has been a wonderful opportunity for me, it has allowed me to fit studying around family and work life. I have found the course modules extremely interesting and relevant and even though the course has been challenging at times, I have always known that I could ask for help off the lecturers and fellow students. My newfound confidence in the subject matter has enabled me to evolve my role at work and I now enjoy a far more satisfying role with increased responsibility. I have had an opportunity to develop as a person and as for the future, I know I have options that I never thought possible three years ago. I genuinely feel like a different person.
Emma Freeman (Level 5)
I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this course over the past three years. Especially the varied topics we have covered, the reason I have found this all so interesting because is all so relevant in my own job, giving me a much better and lasting understanding of the various topics. All modules are structured and interlinked well, with a clear instruction from all lectures who may I add are always available and so helpful in any question or query that needed addressing. All topics were delivered in a fun, engaging and enthusiastic ethos allowing me the student to be engaged and inquisitive and most importantly enjoying the lectures and work set.