Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) FdA
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Key Course Facts
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)
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.
Salary of all UK Graduates of Education Studies
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£19829 - £26376||£14943 - £25333||£16011 - £28828|
All Education Studies courses of UK
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.
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.
This particular course
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|
|15%||Teaching and Childcare Associate Professionals|
|5%||Managers, directors and senior officials|
|5%||Artistic, literary and media occupations|
|5%||Sports and fitness occupations|
Entry Requirements / Admissions
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)
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Tuition Fees Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) FdA
|England UK||£6620||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6620||year 1|
|Channel Islands||£6620||year 1|
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|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|
|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
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)
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.
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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.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Sports Science with Sports Coaching Education (Bridgwater and Taunton College) FdSc||Oxford Brookes University||-||-||-||£7570||£9270||-||Oxford||On campus Full-time|
|Education Studies/History BA/BSc (Hons)||Canterbury Christ Church University||84%||5%||6%||£9250||£14500||93||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|Education MA||Teesside University||84%||5%||6%||£5900||£13000||93||Middlesbrough||On campus Full-time|
|Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning (Top-up) BA (Hons)||University of Cumbria||84%||5%||6%||£9250||£10500||93||Carlisle||On campus Full-time|
|Primary Education with SEND BA (Hons)||University of Sunderland||77%||0%||1%||£9250||£13000||137||Sunderland||On campus Full-time|
|Community Education MSc MSc||University of Dundee||77%||0%||1%||£7650||£18150||137||Dundee||On campus Full-time|
|Education Studies and English Language BA (Hons)||University of Worcester||77%||2%||20%||£9250||£13100||117||Worcester||On campus Full-time|
|Education MA (Hons)||University of Dundee||91%||5%||5%||£9250||£19500||176||Dundee||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing and Special Educational Needs (with Foundation Year) BA (Hons)||Liverpool Hope University||84%||0%||9%||£9250||£11400||105||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|Sport & Physical Education and Tourism BA (Hons)||Liverpool Hope University||68%||0%||8%||£9250||£11400||110||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|