Higher Education

Level 5 Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Ardleigh Green
  • Qualification

    Higher Education
  • Subject

    Education and Teacher Training
  • Schedule

    Tuesday (1 Day in College plus 10 hours placement per week)
  • Duration

    2 Years
  • Course Target

    Higher Education

Course Fees

*Fee subject to OfS Approval. Fees displayed are on a per year basis

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 the new framework). Please note, the college reserves the right to accept evidence of working towards a maths qualification upon completion of a successful interview.
  • A minimum age of 18 years is a requirement.
  • Be working or volunteering as a teaching assistant for at least 10 hours per week.
  • Have experience 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.


Course Detail

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 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. New City College has registered with the Office for Students.

Course Structure

All of the modules on this course are compulsory and worth either 20 or 40 credits each. Successful completion of all of the modules in the first year is worth 120 credits at Level 4 and equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education.

Successful completion of the second year is also worth 120 credits and will lead to the award of the Level 5 Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants Year 1

  • 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)

Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants Year 2

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

For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is one day per week in College, plus 10 hours per week in placement. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Awarding Body

This course is validated by Bath Spa University

  • Assessment Criteria

    Teaching and Assessment

    All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns.

    Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

    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
    • Written essays
  • Further Information

    For further information about application please email Customer Services customerservices.hfe@ncclondon.ac.uk

    You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

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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