St Mary's University, Twickenham
Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) FdA
St Mary's University, Twickenham

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This is a work-based foundation degree. You will attend St Mary's University one day a week whilst employed in work with children and young people for at least half of the week (in either a paid or voluntary capacity).

This Foundation Degree provides opportunities for people working directly with children to build on their knowledge and experience through part-time study at higher education level.

We offer an established vocationally-based degree that prepares you for working in schools and other educational settings.

It allows you to validate your experience with a higher education qualification by equipping you with the necessary academic underpinning to develop your practice and gain relevant skills, knowledge and understanding.

Graduates of the programme have found that they've become more confident in their ability at work and have been offered opportunities to develop their role in a variety of ways. The current emphasis on the development of the school workforce as a whole has been one of the driving forces behind this degree.

This pathway into teaching can be completed in a minimum of two years part-time study (one day a week during term time). It also provides a stepping stone on to our undergraduate programmes the sister programmes:

BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) (one year) BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS (two years) BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS specialising in SEND (two years)

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 30 graduates of Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) FdA at St Mary's University, Twickenham for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Education Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
100 /100
30 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of all UK Graduates of Education Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22602 £20764 £23061
25-75 percentile range £19829 - £26376 £14943 - £25333 £16011 - £28828

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree), FdA you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) FdA at St Mary's University, Twickenham

50% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
20% Teaching Professionals
15% Teaching and Childcare Associate Professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Sports and fitness occupations

All assignments are designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and use of transferrable skills in teaching children, linking theory with practical. A range of assessment methods are used, these may include both group and individual presentations, practical visual presentations (posters, leaflets, 3D display, use of green screen) essays, case studies and portfolios.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Qualification requirements

An A Level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent is required You will need to be employed in work with children and young people for at least half of the week (in either a paid or voluntary capacity)

This course is not suitable for students who need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree), FdA.

Costs

Tuition Fees Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) FdA

EU £6620 year 1
England UK £6620 year 1
Northern Ireland £6620 year 1
Scotland £6620 year 1
Wales £6620 year 1
Channel Islands £6620 year 1
International £12900 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of St Mary's University, Twickenham in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of St Mary's University, Twickenham in related subject specific rankings.

Education

    • #16 
    • #18 
    Education
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #30 
    • #40 
    Education
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of St Mary's University, Twickenham

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About St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary’s University is a publicly funded, formally Roman Catholic education institution situated in Twickenham, London. This university is best known for the impressive selection of sport and wellbeing degrees that they have on offer, but applicants can also expect to find degrees based on Catholic Education. The Twickenham campus is smaller than that of most other universities that can be found in and around London, and for that reason could be more suited to that learner which truly excels in an environment that isn’t excessively crowded, and where they can consult knowledgeable and experienced tutors easily without long waiting times.

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Where is this programme taught

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