Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) at St Mary's University, Twickenham - UCAS

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree)

Course summary

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.
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:
  • BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) (one year)
  • BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS (two years)
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)


First year modules include Professional Development One; How Children Learn; Communication, Language and Literacy; Mathematical Thinking; Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and Collaborative Practice

Assessment method

All assignments are designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and use of transferrable skills in teaching children, linking theory with practical. A range of assessment methods are used, these may include both group and individual presentations, practical visual presentations (posters, leaflets, 3D display, use of green screen) essays, case studies and portfolios.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not suitable for students who need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

An A Level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent is required You will need to be employed in work with children and young people for at least half of the week (in either a paid or voluntary capacity)

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All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6900 Year 1
Scotland £6900 Year 1
Wales £6900 Year 1
Channel Islands £6900 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6900 Year 1
EU £16320 Year 1
International £16320 Year 1

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Primary Education (work-based two year foundation degree) at St Mary's University, Twickenham - UCAS