Higher Education Courses

Level 5 Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Ardleigh Green
  • Qualification

    Higher Education Courses
  • Subject

    Education and Teacher Training
  • Schedule

    Monday (Day)
  • Duration

    72 weeks
  • Age


Course Fees


Entry requirements

  • Appropriate accredited Level 3 qualifications (for example A-levels or vocational qualifications.
  • All students will be expected to have GCSE maths and English Language qualifications at grade C or above (grade 4 on new framework).
  • A minimum age of 18 years is a requirement.
  • Be working as a teaching assistant or at least 10 hours per week.
  • Have experience of working as a teaching assistant within an educational setting.
  • Have a letter of support from your Headteacher.
  • You must have a current enhanced DBS check.
  • Successful completion of interview.

Please note, the college reserves the right to accept evidence of working towards a maths qualification upon completion of a successful interview.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via www.UCAS.com. Our institution code is H14 and the course code is X190.


    This course is subject to validation by Bath Spa University. The Foundation Degree will equip you with the understanding, skills and knowledge to enhance your performance in your current role and to enable career progression. Your programme of study will be closely linked to the workplace. This qualification is a classroom-based course.

    You will study a selection of modules. Students will complete 120 credits per year

    Year One
    The Curriculum, Foundation Stage to End of Secondary (20 credits) Inclusion (20 credits) Learning -Theory and Practice (40 credits) The Reflective Practitioner: the Inclusive Learning Environment (40 credits)

    Year Two
    Working in Partnership (40 credits) Supporting Children’s Behaviour for Learning (40 credits) Research in the Educational Workplace (40 credits)

    The course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is 1 day per week plus placement. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

    This course is subject to approval by Bath Spa University for Academic Year 2021/22 start

    The Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants is a two year course for experienced teaching assistants wishing to study at a higher educational level. This course is designed for teaching assistants or learning and inclusion support assistants in all areas of teaching: early years, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and post-16 teaching. The course covers all aspects of the work of the teaching assistant: the ways children develop and learn; appropriate and inclusive teaching methods; supporting learners with additional needs; social and emotional issues and contexts in learning; policy and legislation. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students.

    • Assessment Criteria

      Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways:

    • Critical reading/literature reviews
    • Seminar presentations
    • Collaborative investigations
    • Seminar reports and journals
    • Investigative reports
    • Practice in the workplace

    Further information

    Many students use the Foundation Degree as a route into teaching. You obtain 240 credits and need to obtain a further 120 credits to obtain a full degree. You may wish to study the BA in Education and Professional Practice at our college after the Foundation Degree for one year, and then complete a primary PGCE or possibly gain a place on the Schools Direct programme.

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