Institute of Education

Supporting Children in Primary Education

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022, 20 September 2021
  • Award FD (Arts)
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus, City of Wolverhampton College, University of Wolverhampton in Stafford, Macclesfield College, Telford College
  • School Institute of Education
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Why choose this course?

This foundation degree is designed to offer you appropriate education as a member of support staff working in primary schools, but who lack a qualification at degree level.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the development of practical, personal and professional attributes required to promote the development of a world class workforce. This includes developing a knowledge of supporting children in literacy and numeracy in the primary school as well as supporting pedagogy.

What happens on the course?

In year one you will study modules related to child development, safeguarding and promoting inclusive practice as well as developing yourself as a reflective practitioner.

In the second year you will study supporting children in literacy & numeracy in the primary school, research methods, enabling learning, leading practice: developing critical reflection, exclusion from school and social justice and professionals in context. 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

his Foundation degree is taught on a flexible basis and allows you to undertake your studies around your working commitments. As this course is accredited by the University, there is likely to be some differences in colleges' timetables. Please enquire with the college you would like to apply to for further information.

Students can choose to specialise in the second year to focus on Childhood and Family Studies or Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, dependent on your current role and career aspirations.

All the members of the teaching team are active researchers of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion and Education Studies.

On completion of the course, students will be enabled to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance and challenges of inter-agency working when leading practice to meet the needs of children and families, including health and well-being.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the expected pattern of children’s development, including pedagogical approaches, creative planning of learning opportunities, the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment and methods of researching these.
  • Demonstrate the underlying values and principles relevant to the ideologies of inclusion, including the diversity of learners and the complexities of the inclusion process.
  • Process a range of relevant empirical and theoretical data to propose solutions to problems in different contexts.
  • Reflect on their own value system, relating this to social diversity and global citizenship.
  • Develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for lifelong learning, including digital literacy.           

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £4110 per year# 2020-21
Home Part-time £4110 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £4110 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Hold a level three qualification (A levels, NVQ level three, NNEB diploma, BTEC National Diploma, Diploma in Child Care and Education).

A minimum of 1 year’s experience supporting children in primary school.

"I am so grateful to you for everything you did for me from the start of my FD until the very last moment of my BA Hons. You will never know what your support meant."

Alex, FD (Arts) Supporting Children in Primary Education graduate

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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