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Foundation Degrees at Whitefield

Foundation degrees are higher education qualifications which combine academic study with work-based learning. They provide a training pathway for those who would like to remain in work whilst studying for a higher education award.

Whitefield works with the University of Greenwich and Kingston University to offer a choice of two foundation degrees. These professionally recognised two-year courses are valued by employers and build to be a full degree with with an additional third year of study. 

Find out how we are teaching our foundation degrees using Covid-secure practices this year

Supporting Teaching and Learning Foundation Degree – validated by Greenwich University

This foundation degree is for workers and volunteers in 'paraprofessional' areas who support teaching and learning. This may be in classrooms as learning support assistants or teaching assistants, or in related roles, such as learning mentors linked to schools or colleges.

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of lectures, seminars and 1-to-1 tutorials. Each module is worth 30 credits and requires a mixture of structured teaching and independent study.

Entry requirements

  • One A-level or equivalent vocational Level 3 qualification such as NVQ3 or BTEC National Diploma
  • GCSE English language/literature at grades A*-C (9-4) or equivalent (Functional Skills can be accepted)
  • You must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course and working or volunteering in an educational setting

What will I study?

Modules explore subjects such as the world of education, the curriculum, teaching and learning, ways of supporting learners with additional educational needs, and psychological, social and emotional influences on behaviour.

Assessment takes place through a variety of coursework and examinations.

Fees: 2021/2022

£6,165 per year. Government loans for eligible applicants are available.

You can find details of the course at Greenwich's website here

In the meantime, the specific details you need if you would like to apply are:

  • The UCAS code: X319
  • The campus code: Z
  • Institution code: G70

Early Years Foundation Degree – validated by Kingston University

This course combines academic study with work-based learning and covers a wide range of critical and contemporary issues in the field of education and other related sectors. You will examine theoretical and practice-based knowledge to support approaches to working with children from birth to five years of age in a variety of settings. Each module is worth 30 credits and requires a mixture of structured teaching and independent study.

Entry Requirements

  • A relevant Level 3 qualification
  • Normally two years experience in a suitable setting You must be working at least 16 hours per week with babies or children from birth to five years old within an early years role for the duration of the course. 

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer.

What will I study?

This course will equip you with higher level skills and a sound knowledge of areas relevant to your work including local and national statutory frameworks, theories of learning, collaborative working with agencies and families, educational systems and a deeper understanding of child development, observation and assessment, safeguarding, child protection, ethics and diversity. 

Assessment takes place through a variety of written assignments, practical presentations and practitioner research.

Fees 2021/2022

£6,000 per year. Government loans for eligible applicants are available.
You can find more information about the course and how to apply here

Future options

On successful completion of either Foundation Degree, students usually progress onto the one-year BA Top Up programme which leads to a full degree. Many then use this full degree as a springboard for further professional training or other related careers. Teacher training is an option. It is a distinct advantage to remain with Kingston University for the Top-Up Year due to reduced fees in comparison with changing to other universities. This offer is for those who continue directly on from the two year Foundation Degree. The fees are reduced by approximately one third if you progress straight onto this Top-Up year.

How to apply

The application can be started by going straight to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website Your application will be sent initially to the University who will forward it to us. This process is usually very quick. We will then review your application and contact you for an interview to discuss your application. The interview will consist of a list of questions about your interest in the course and your knowledge and skills. You will be asked to complete a written task. We will ask to see original paperwork regarding qualifications. You will usually receive a decision about a week after the interview.

If you would like further details or a chat about applying for places or eligibility, please contact:

Louise Langsworthy
Course Administrator
Whitefield Teaching School Alliance
Macdonald Road, Walthamstow
London, E17 4AZ 
020 8531 3426

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