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Professional Studies (Education) Foundation Degree

Course overview


What Does The Programme Include

This work-focused Foundation Degree is a combination of practice-based learning and campus-based sessions, which run once a week so that you are able to continue in employment throughout the duration of the course. It is designed to improve your personal and professional communication skills, and will increase your knowledge and understanding of how children and young people learn and mature, by developing new ways of working and challenging existing assumptions. You will learn though lectures, seminars and workshops, alongside visiting speakers from the sector which will provide opportunities for you to discuss, question and challenge.

Entry Requirements

Typically one of the below:

  • Level 3 Diploma
  • Level 3 NVQ
  • Access to Higher Education Programmes
  • Equivalent Level 3 subject/​vocational qualifications

Plus a work requirement of:

  • Typically, a minimum of one year’s experience in practice, of at least two days a week, in a relevant role, plus ongoing practice of minimum 12 hours/​week minimum, in a relevant role, throughout the duration of the course
  • Written support from the applicant’s workplace
  • A successful interview

How The Course Will Be Assessed

A variety of assessment methods are used including presentations and portfolios of work-focussed learning. All assessments enable you to relate theory to practice.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£6,500 per year

Potential Future Career

This Foundation Degree qualification is often seen as a step towards becoming a teacher, progressing in your role as a Teaching Assistant and extending your opportunities to become more senior within this sector.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at university in just one year. Tailored progression routes, which allow you to continue to work and study, are available at Bishop Grosseteste University.

Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Tools for Learning (Core)
  • The Individual in Society (Core)
  • Philosophies, Policy and Provision (Core)
  • Collaborative Practice (Core)

Year 2

  • Supporting Learning (Pathway Specific) 
  • Inclusion (Core)
  • Assessment and Learning (Pathway Specific) 
  • Practitioner Research (Core)

Course Trips

Our Professional Studies Foundation Degree courses are designed to be studied without you having to leave work- in fact, they work alongside your career.


You will have access to various study facilities including a recently refurbished Library where you’ll have access to books, journals and computers.

You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and careers advisors to help you with your future employment.



Studying for my degree was the best thing I ever did. I have been appointed as an Outdoor Education Lead for a local school where I will build and implement a forest school education from scratch.

Gemma Devitt



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