Education in Context (Work Based)

Course Introduction

This is a work-based 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).

This Foundation Degree provides opportunities for people working directly with children to build on their knowledge and experience through part-time study at higher education level.

We offer an established vocationally-based degree that prepares you for working in schools and other educational settings.

It allows you to validate your experience with a higher education qualification by equipping you with the necessary academic underpinning to develop your practice and gain relevant skills, knowledge and understanding.

Graduates of the programme have found that they've become more confident in their ability at work 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.

This pathway into teaching can be completed in a minimum of two years part-time study (one day a week during term time). It also provides a stepping stone on to our undergraduate programmes the sister programmes:

BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) (one year)

BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS (two years)

BA (Hon) Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS specialising in SEND (two years)

Course Modules

Inclusion and Diversity, Introduction to Early Childhood Studies, Learning Through Play, People at Work, Professional Development One and Working with Support Sectors

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA £9,250 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA £9,250 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA £12,250 Overseas Fees