Please note: this degree has recently changed title from Education in Context FdA.
Primary Education is a work-based teaching 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).
- St Mary’s graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of teacher training (Ofsted 2019)
- Successful completion of the course allows the opportunity to progress on to either BA Hons in Primary Education QTS (Work-Based Route) (Two Years) or BA Hons in Primary Education (Work-Based Route) (One Year)
- Recognised qualification for HLTA status
- 100% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2021.
Why study Primary Education - Foundation Degree?
This foundation degree provides opportunities for people working directly with children to build on their knowledge and experience through study at higher education level (one day a week).
We offer an established vocationally-based degree that prepares you for working in schools and other educational settings.
The programme allows you to build your knowledge and experience through study at higher education level. The programme will help enhance your understanding of your current professional role. It can be completed within two years studying one day a week during term times.
Students completing the programme have found that they have become more confident in their ability at work and at home, 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.
Our partnership office will help you to find a placement. Though we will try and place you near to where you live, you may be required to travel up to one hour each way.
Why St Mary's?
This foundation course is suitable for anyone working with young children, such as teaching assistants, learning support assistants, higher level teaching assistants, or early years or special educational needs practitioners.
Primary Education - Foundation Degree is an extremely popular and flourishing course. It gives you the unique opportunity 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 study (one day a week during term time). It also provides a stepping stone on to our undergraduate programmes:
The QTS programme also allows you to specialise - if you wish - in one of the following subjects:
- Early Years
- Physical Education (PE)
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Programme Director - Work-Based Route Programmes