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Education foundation year pathway

On successful completion of the course those wishing to progress on to Education and Social Science will move on to the first year of the undergraduate programme.

Those wishing to study Primary Education with QTS will need to complete the government skills tests in numeracy and literacy, pass an interview process and obtain a DBS and fitness to teach check in order to progress on to the undergraduate programme.

About the pathway

This programme gives you the opportunity to study on a foundation year as a route toward Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The Foundation Year will help you to become a confident presenter, improve your written and numerical skills and give you a broad understanding of the sociological perspectives of Education.

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Course content

As well studying the core Foundation Year modules, you will also have the opportunity to experience working in an educational environment. 

Functional and Interview Skills

This module develops the numeracy and literacy skills that students need for successfully passing the Professional Skills test for prospective teachers. The module will focus on core skills that teachers will need in their professional role and will also prepare students for the interview process required for successful entry on to the level 4 BA Primary Education with QTS. Finally, this module will help students understand the requirements of the ‘Fitness to Teach’ policy.

Sociology of Education

This module discusses the sociological and historical background to contemporary Education. Within this discussion students will consider the theories that underpin the education system, while also investigating how policies and agencies of society impact on the learning of children. The module provides a broad platform for students to explore the various issues that surround and have created the current educational environment.

Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically

This module explores what makes “thinking” rigorous and logical, and how to detect specious arguments or ideas based on prejudice or fallacies in reasoning.

It will also encourage students to start reflecting on how to present ideas in creative and critical ways, whilst developing a strong understanding of the constant need to be ethical.

Personal Learning Competencies

This module introduces the students to learning in HE and provides them with a framework for reflection and understanding of their own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Taking a Professional Approach

This module will equip students with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to help them to develop their employability skills.

Students will be introduced to the workplace through a short observation and will work independently and in groups to understand and recognise work-related success and build their own potential.

The Individual Project

This module is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students will work closely with a supervisor to choose a topic of interest for investigation.

Alongside pursuing their interest in a topic, students will engage with academic research skills such as finding sources, building an argument and organising ideas, design and delivery of output, and will require planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

This module will also culminate in a small “conference” where all students showcase their findings. 


Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.