Higher Education

Overview

The FD Supporting Children in Primary Education is designed to allow support staff working in primary schools a progression route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is validated by the University of Wolverhampton. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the development of practical, personal and professional attributes required to promote the development of a world class workforce. This includes developing knowledge of supporting children in literacy and numeracy in the primary school as well as supporting pedagogy.
• The Foundation Degree is designed to be studied flexibly, around your current work commitments.
• Students can choose to specialise in the second year to focus on Childhood and Family Studies or Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, dependent on your current role and career aspirations.
• Successful completion of the FD (Arts) Supporting Children in Primary Education allows progression on to either the BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies or BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies. A PGCE/School Direct could be completed following the Honours degree.

If you are currently involved in supporting teaching and learning in a Primary or Special School setting then this course may be for you.

Entry Requirements

You will:
• Be aged 18 or over
• Have achieved maths and English at GCSE Grade A*-C (Grade 9-4) or Functional Skills Level 2

You will also need to have the following:
• Hold a Level 3 qualification (A levels, Access to Higher Education, NVQ Level 3, NNEB diploma, BTEC National Diploma, Diploma in Child Care and Education).
• A minimum of 1 years’ experience supporting children in primary school

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Content

In year one you will study modules related to child development, diversity and personal achievement and safeguarding and promoting well-being as well as developing you as a reflective practitioner.

In the second year you will study supporting children in literacy & numeracy in the primary school, research methods, enabling learning, leading practice and developing critical reflection as well as modules related to either Childhood and Family Studies or Special Needs and Inclusion Studies.

On completion of the course, students will be enabled to:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance and challenges of inter-agency working when leading practice to meet the needs of children and families, including health and well-being.
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the expected pattern of children’s development, including pedagogical approaches, creative planning of learning opportunities, the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment and methods of researching these.
• Demonstrate the underlying values and principles relevant to the ideologies of inclusion, including the diversity of learners and the complexities of the inclusion process.
Process a range of relevant empirical and theoretical data to propose solutions to problems in different contexts.
• Reflect on their own value system, relating this to social diversity and global citizenship.
Develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for lifelong learning, including digital literacy.

Note: Optional units may change to meet local employment need.

Assessment

You will be assessed through work-based assessments which may take a variety of forms such as written assignments, presentations, research papers etc. During your time on the programme you will be supported through individual tutorials and progress feedback.

Awarding body

Validated by the University of Wolverhampton.

Progression

Successful completion of the FD (Arts) Supporting Children in Primary Education allows progression on to either the BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies or BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies. A PGCE/School Direct could be completed following the Honours degree.

Additional information

You will be advised in the interview for any additional requirements and costs. The information on the college policies and procedures, Terms and Conditions and the Student Protection Plan (SPP) are available on the college website (https://macclesfield.ac.uk/awards-policies-and-values/student-and-college-policies/). Also, a copy of these terms and conditions and the Student Protection Plan will be given to you to read before enrolling on the course.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 16/09/2019

End date: 28/01/2022

Time: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 33

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