Please note: this is a work-based course. 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).

Why study Education in Context?

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

The programme continues to offer an established vocationally-based degree which prepares students for working in schools and other educational settings.

It allows students to validate their experience with a qualification at the same time as acquiring the necessary academic underpinning to develop their practice and gain the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding.

Students still come from a variety of backgrounds with a differing experience. They tend to be already working as teaching assistants, support workers or ancillary staff needing to gain relevant qualifications.

Students completing the programme have found that they have 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.

Why St Marys?

Education in Context is an extremely popular and flourishing course at St Marys. It gives the unique opportunity for students to continue to work within the education sector whilst studying for a foundation 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 allows students a stepping stone onto applying to the sister programmes:

Please note: those interested in studying early years foundation stage should refer to the Early Years Education FdA programme.

A Student View

Maria Amormino (Graduated in 2015)
"Education in Context allowed me to continue working within a school, gaining invaluable experience, whilst studying one day a week, acquiring new skills and knowledge. This course has provided numerous opportunities for self reflection, which in turn has made me more proactive and motivated to continuously develop relevant knowledge and skills.

"All tutors at St Mary's are incredibly helpful and approachable. You are treated as an individual, and made aware that support is always available"

A Schools View

Headteacher of a local school
"I have had this TA in my school for the last 12 years. She is absolutely brilliant and this course now gives me the chance to get her trained up as a teacher without losing her for four years."

Education in Context NSS results 2015

In the 2016 National Student Survey Education in Context scored 96% for overal student satisfaction.

97% of students agreed that the course aided their personal development and 96% agreed that they had good access to learning resources. The programme also scored 92% for teaching satisfaction and 91% for academic support.