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Foundation Degree in Education - Teaching Assistant

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by sodenelj, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. I am 35 years old, a married mother of three boys. I am currently studying 5329 Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NVQ with Birmingham Adult Education Service Which I am due to complete in July 2011. I have English Language, English Literature and German at GCSE Grade C as well a Adult Numeracy Level 2.

    I am interested in working with children who have Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia as well as Speech and Language problems in a Primary School setting.
    I am interested in obtaining the Foundation Degree in Education - Teaching Assistants. Is it worthwile or should I do specific certificates in Autism, Braille, Sign Language and Makaton. What would you suggest I do? If I do the degree should I apply to more than one place?

     
  2. I am 35 years old, a married mother of three boys. I am currently studying 5329 Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NVQ with Birmingham Adult Education Service Which I am due to complete in July 2011. I have English Language, English Literature and German at GCSE Grade C as well a Adult Numeracy Level 2.

    I am interested in working with children who have Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia as well as Speech and Language problems in a Primary School setting.
    I am interested in obtaining the Foundation Degree in Education - Teaching Assistants. Is it worthwile or should I do specific certificates in Autism, Braille, Sign Language and Makaton. What would you suggest I do? If I do the degree should I apply to more than one place?

     
  3. I had a BTEC level 3 for teaching assistants before embarking on a foundation degree in childrens care, learning and development. If you do the course full time you need to have 20 hours work/placement a week, or part time 10 hours a week. I took the full time option and collected my certificate at my graduation ceremony in November. It was really hard work but nothing compared to the top up year I am doing at the moment to make it up to a full degree. There are people on our course who work in many different settings, primary school, nursery, pre-school playgroup and special needs education, it is hard work but hopefully worth it!

    I go to UCS Ipswich as it is local and I have two young children and a husband to consider. If you do the degree as a full time option you can apply to student loans for tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan where as part time you can't. However, you might be able to get funding from your LEA or other local agency.


     
  4. hubcap

    hubcap New commenter

    I am doing the foundation degree in primary in which if I followed it through to teacher traing I would specialise in Specisal needs.. At our university centre there is a foundation degree in special needs alone. Maybe you could look into that. Mine is 3 years part time, so I work and have one afternoon off per week to do the foundation degree 2-7.30pm. It is very interesting. However I am in Lancashire. I would say go and have a chat with a tutor.
     
  5. I am starting to apply for foundation degrees (which I cant find many of in London) with the plan to continue my studies at the end of the 2 years to get a full degree. Is the top up year full time? Do you have to leave work or can you carry on working in the school?
     

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