FdA Education and Learning

Course Description

With an emphasis on work-based learning, this course provides an ideal opportunity to gain an academic qualification and enhanced professional development for those working in, or aspiring to work in, or with, schools or an education setting. You will get the best of both worlds by successfully combining learning 'on the job' and college attendance for one day per week, for a formal qualification whilst in employment.

You will consider current and relevant research and theory in relation to your setting and, crucially, how these underpin and are applied to your practice Study areas:

  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Sociology of Education
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Partnership Working • Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Technology in Education
  • Researching Practice
  • Learning Mathematics
  • Supporting Families


"This course has changed my life"

"I looked at a few colleges in which to undertake my FdA, and SGS was by far the best choice. Having two children of my own, I needed a course that could cater for my needs; that’s why being able to study on a Wednesday afternoon and evening was invaluable to me. This course has changed my life. I have completed the full degree now and I am part of the English department where I work. Next year will be teacher training!"

Gemma
FdA Education and Learning
Study Modules
ED4001
Reflective Practice 1
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This module aims to develop your awareness of reflective practice and provide an introduction to academic study. You will engage with personal development planning to create your own personal development plan (PDP) to enhance your study and transferable skills, and resilience towards long term goals. Concepts of continuing professional development will also underpin study, encouraging you to evaluate how your learning has impacted on practice. Throughout the module you will identify your personal strengths and areas for development and begin to understand the components of effective reflective practice. Target setting and review will be used to link and promote your academic and professional development.

50% Coursework: Assignment 1,000 Words (or equivalent)

50% Coursework: Portfolio 1,000 Words (or equivalent)

ED4002
Sociology of Education
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This module aims to explore the purpose of education, considering its role within society and how this relates to your own working context. The meaning of knowledge and influence of culture will be analysed including related ideologies of education. You will also consider the social and political discourse of education policy and related initiatives. The structure of society will be considered with reference to the role of the education system. Curriculum initiatives and the strengths and weaknesses of the current approach will be discussed. Traditional and contemporary theoretical approaches will underpin your understanding, enhancing your own pedagogical approach as the purpose and meaning of education develops.

100% Coursework: Portfolio: 2,000 words (or equivalent)

ED4003
Behaviour for Learning
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This module aims to introduce concepts of behaviour management with consideration given to theoretical approaches that underpin policies in educational settings and recent strategies adopted by practitioners. The influence of government policy on classroom practice will be considered and you will reflect on your own personal setting experience. As you explore the connection between behaviour and learning you will find out why some children present persistent poor behaviour in schools. You will also consider practical strategies for managing learner behaviour in a way that supports their learning and personal development.

100% Coursework: Assignment 2,000 words (or equivalent)

ED4004
Special Education Needs and Disabilities
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This module aims to introduce the concept of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and examine major policy initiatives introduced over the last twenty years which have had a direct impact on the approaches used in an educational context. A good understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is a critical aspect to a career in education. During the module you will reflect on your own experience and understanding of the different conditions that affect individuals and their education. Issues relating to diagnosis and educational support will be introduced for both physical and behavioural needs and disabilities.

50% Coursework: Assignment 1,000 words (or equivalent)

50% Coursework: Assignment 1,000 words (or equivalent)

ED4005
Communication, Language and Literacy
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This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of communication, language and literacy and how it developed through speaking and listening, reading and writing. The importance of literacy development within the curriculum will be a focus, providing opportunities to enhance your practical application of strategies in a working environment.

60% Coursework: Presentation: 13 Minute, (or 2,400 word equivalent)

40% Coursework: Assignment 1,600 Words (or equivalent)

ED4006
Partnership Working
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This module introduces you to the importance of multi-agency working and communication strategies. You will relate theoretical principles to your own working practices and develop your personal communicative skills in order to effectively support the individuals and families in your care. You will consider the various roles and responsibilities of education and other professionals in a multi-agency context. There will be opportunities for you to consider how different methods of communication impact wider working practices and relate these to your own experience.

60% Group Presentation: 13 min (or 2,400 words equivalent)

40% Assignment: 1,600 words (or equivalent)

ED4007
Perspectives on Education
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This is an exciting module which aims to explore psycho-social perspectives on education across the life span. The social construction of childhood and adolescence will be analysed in relation to expectations of children in society and education. Contemporary issues surrounding the purpose and structure of childcare and education will be considered which will encourage you to explore different notions of society and the role of education.

100% Assignment: 2,000 words (or equivalent)

ED5006
Supporting Families
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Supporting families is one of the most important aspects of your role in education. This module begins with an exploration of recent government initiatives and policy within your educational setting that aim to promote working with families. Whilst considering their implications you will develop a greater understanding of the intergenerational transmission of educational expectations and barriers which impact the effectiveness of relevant approaches adopted by schools, as well as your own role.

100% Coursework: Assignment 2,500 words or equivalent

ED5005
Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion
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This module aims to raise your awareness of issues relating to ethnicity, diversity and inclusion in education. Social and historical trends will be analysed as well as contemporary issues allowing you to develop an awareness of the implications these issues have in your own working environment. You will explore current data relating to the engagement and educational outcomes for different groups and consider ways to try and reduce inequality.

50% Coursework: Portfolio: 2,500 words (or equivalent)

50% Coursework: Assignment: 2,500 words (or equivalent)

ED5004
Learning Mathematics
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This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of significant and emerging theories and principles of mathematical teaching and learning. There will be a focus on your pedagogy ensuring you can use appropriate teaching and learning methods and techniques to develop and support mathematical development. With a practical focus this module provides an opportunity to plan and reflect upon a mathematical activity which will help develop your understanding of pedagogy and theory that underpins mathematical delivery.

100% Coursework: Assignment: 2,500 Words (or equivalent)

ED5003
Technology in Education
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This module aims to explore the digital revolution and the impact this has on educational learning experiences within your own working environments. Sustainability in education will be considered along with a critical look at how technology has supported your working environment. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Approaches and uses for technology in education; Sustainability and the relation to technology; Different software and hardware that support educators and/ or students; Awareness of inclusion and diversity; Ethics

60% Coursework: Presentation, 15 minutes (or 1,500 words equivalent)

40% Coursework: Assignment, 1000 words (or equivalent)

ED5002
Researching Practice
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The aim of this module is for you to undertake a literature review linked to your topic of interest and, following on from this, you will demonstrate your ability to undertake a small-scale work-based research project. In order to develop the necessary skills to be a practitioner-researcher, you will be introduced to critical aspects of the research process including ethical considerations, methodologies and methods, and appropriate ways to present and analyse data. You will be supported to understand the research process from developing a research question, collecting and analysing your data, to reflecting upon its implications for practice.

40% Coursework: Assignment: 2,000 words

60% Coursework: Assignment: 3,000 words

ED5001
Reflective Practice 2
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This module aims to extend your ability to work as a reflective practitioner who is able to evaluate and analyse your experiences in the workplace in order to improve practice. An integral part of this programme is the practical application of theory into practice. As both student and working professional, you will have opportunities to reflect on your personal development and the work you do, providing an opportunity to enhance your current level of understanding and skills, to facilitate progression in the sector. You will continue to use your Personal Development Plan (PDP), which was developed at level 4 to record and evaluate your progress, whilst engaging in target setting for your personal and professional enhancement.

100% Portfolio: 2,500 words (or equivalent)

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Course Video
Rachael Illsley
Subject Area Lead, Social Sciences.
*Programme subject to validation by the University of Gloucestershire
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Campus:
University Centre WISE
Level:
Foundation Degree
Full-time Duration:
2 Years
Full-time Fee (Per Year):
£7,995
Part-time Duration:
4 Years
Part-time Fee (Per Year):
£3,995
UCAS Application Code:
XX31
UCAS Entry Tariff:
48
Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff entry points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

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Course info last updated:
December 5, 2022
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