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Teaching & Education

Mode of study HE Part-time
Duration 2 Years
Start date September 2020
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code PLR5FDE001 (2022)
Runs on Thursday

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  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    The Foundation Degree in Education is suitable for those working or volunteering in education who wish to build on their knowledge and experience through study at higher level, it is also suitable for Level 3 students wanting to progress on to Higher Education. Successful completion of the award enables direct progression onto a top-up BA (Hons) Degree in Education.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please note that this course is awarded by Staffordshire University. 80 UCAS Points or a Level 3 qualification. Three GCSEs at grade C or equivalent including English Language and maths (if these qualifications are not held a willingness to work towards English and Maths). Accreditation may be given for prior learning or relevant work experience for mature learners. You should be employed for at least 4 hours per week in an appropriate education role and setting. The employment may be paid or voluntary but must be evidenced at the commencement of the course. It will be a requirement that each student completes a self-declaration in relation to criminal activity at enrolment. It is also a requirement that each student either holds a current enhanced DBS or has one in place prior to accessing a relevant workplace as part of their studies - for which there will be a charge. Student Services will support you in obtaining this.

    International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English. Please see our ESOL course.

    All applicants will be required to attend an interview to determine eligibility.

  • What does the course involve?

    This course which is awarded by Staffordshire University will give you a deeper understanding of: up to date developments in the education sector; How to apply key theories and principles of education to your professional practice to meet the specific needs of your employer and your own personal development; wider professional and academic skills development to help secure your current employment and broaden your future career options. The course therefore has the following overall aims, which focus on developing your career aspirations and opportunities to: become a ‘discipline expert’ in education; develop your professionalism; develop your wider professional practice; develop your independent thinking skills.

    The course consists of 8 modules, the first 4 of which are assessed at Level 4, with the rest at Level 5. All modules are 30 credits. All modules require the equivalent of 300 hours of student learning. This consists of 30 hours classroom contact time and 270 hours of independent study per module. Each module relies on work-based reflection and development, targeting personal and professional improvement throughout in order to help you to reflect and act on your career aspirations.

    Work-based reflection and development forms a major part of the overall course content and assessment. Throughout the course, you will therefore engage in: work-based tasks; creation of resources to support learning; observation of the practice of professionals; reflection on organisational practice; wider understanding of sector practice; work placement research. Successful graduates will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Arts from Staffordshire University and you will be entitled to add FdA after your name.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments, developing portfolios, examinations and presentations. Please refer to the Course Specification for information on assessment for this particular course.

  • How much does it cost?

    The offer of a place is dependent upon a satisfactory DBS check (formally CRB) which confirms that there are no contra-indications to you working with children and vulnerable adults. There will be a charge for this.

    Please note the tuition fee advertised is the annual fee.

  • Additional Notes

    At Shrewsbury College we do our best to make HE study as easy as possible for you and that includes making living away from home for the first time an exciting prospect, rather than a cause for concern. If you’re planning on studying at a higher level at Shrewsbury College, student accommodation is now available in the centre of Shrewsbury. For more information please follow this link:


  • What do I do next?

    To join this course you will first have to register with UCAS at and then apply through UCAS. (Choose: Sign In–Students–Undergraduate–Apply–Register and follow the instructions.) You will then receive a confirmation email from UCAS and the College will be in contact with an interview date. Current Shrewsbury Colleges Group students should seek support from their tutor before applying.


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This course is awarded by Staffordshire University

Danielle Hatch

Danielle Hatch


I decided to do the PGCE, partly because my employer wanted me to and partly to increase my skills and qualifications. Teaching is a way of giving something back and sharing my knowledge with the next generation.

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  • Higher education teaching professionals

    Up to £56,000


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