The Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning is a 2 year full-time course providing you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. It will give you an opportunity to network with colleagues and to enjoy the challenges of further study. The course is validated by the University of Greenwich. Whilst the Foundation Degree is a qualification in its own right, with further study it can also lead to a top-up BA Honours Degree.
Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.
The Teacher Training Department at Nescot prides itself on flexible and targeted provision of courses for those who want to teach in the post 16, lifelong learning sector.
These courses are designed for those with a real passion for teaching and will show you how to transmit that passion directly to your students in the classroom arena while giving you the solid qualifying foundations you need to teach in this exciting sector.
Our staff have years of teaching experience in schools, colleges, corporate training and staff development and with specific community groups. We have specialised expertise across a range of needs, including behavioural and dyslexia. There are very few challenges within teaching that our staff have not met before and they fully understand the demands on the modern practitioner.
Our students range from those who have spent years in a teaching environment and want to take their careers to another level, to those who have little experience in the sector but the passion and drive to succeed. The structure and timings of our courses are designed for those with busy working and family lives.
We keep our class sizes small, at around 16 students, so you not only get much more individual attention from your tutors but build a real relationship with your classmates. Our expert tutors will also pinpoint the areas you are most challenged by and give you the personal skills and tools to master them. We then encourage you to learn from one another and bring your own experiences to the course using group work sessions, paired work and class discussions. You will even observe and evaluate one another’s teaching sessions as well as observing talented advanced practitioners in action.
Judith Lawler - Programme Coordinator
Judith is the programme coordinator for Nescot’s post-compulsory teacher training courses – PGCE & PCE. Before joining the teacher training team in 2005, she held the roles of Advanced Practitioner and Learning Development Advisor to support and implement cross-college initiatives as well as supporting staff through mentoring and the delivery of staff development.
Previously Judith taught for 15 years in secondary education in different schools and across a range of subjects, though focussed mainly on maths, geography and IT/Computer Studies. When she left her last secondary school she was a member of the management team and responsible for a curriculum area.
Judith is a graduate and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning and actively engages in continuous professional development.
Dr. Seidu Salifu: BA (Hons) Dip Ed, MA, PGCE, PhD
Dr. Salifu is Head of Higher Education at Nescot and also teaches on Education programmes, including research and ethic and professional in Osteopathy. He has 29 years of teaching experience spreading across secondary, Further and Higher Education. His background is in Sociology of Education and he has been a teacher trainer for 15 years. Seidu’s interest areas include contemporary issues in Education, Educational Management, Social Research, comparative education including ethics and professional practice.
|Shulamay Davies - Course Tutor|
Shulamay’s background specialty is in Early years holding extensive experience in day nurseries in a range of different roles from Management to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Through study, Shulamay’s passion for education grew and she wanted to share this passion with others, which is why she made the transition from student to teacher all here at NESCOT. When Shulamay is not teaching here she runs her own business, teaching mindfulness to children in school and nurseries.
Promoting mental wellbeing is something of great importance to her along with inspiring and facilitating talented educational professionals in their learning journeys.
Mark Warner MA (Education), NPQH, BEd SEND – Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Education Support
Prior to NESCOT Mark was a deputy headteacher at a non-maintained residential special school for boys with SEMH/ASC, meeting the needs of boys Years 2 through 8.
He has worked in a wide range of special school settings over a 36-year period; ranging from EYFS to Sixth Form, PMLD to GCSE, with experience of a wide range of Learners with Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties.
He has extensive senior management experience leading on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Mark has also worked for a Local Authority School Improvement Service, leading on LA wide initiatives, delivering training for the LA and for individual schools on matters relating to SEND. Mark also trained as an Ofsted Inspector.
|Sarah Donald BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc - Course Leader for the BA in Education Studies|
Sarah is the course leader for the BA in Education Studies and also teaches and supervises students on the PGCE/PCE programme. Having initially qualified as a primary teacher, Sarah has 15 years teaching experience ranging from inner-city London schools to special school settings. She has also taught students and teachers in Russia as part of the VSO programme.
More recently, Sarah has worked as a Local Authority Advisor supporting schools to develop their provision and improve teacher efficacy in relation to special needs and inclusion. Sarah has particular interests in teacher development, special educational needs and inclusion and has recently completed a Master’s degree in these areas. She is a long-standing School Governor at a local school and currently holds the position of Vice-Chair.
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A two-year full-time course, comprising five hours per week for 30 weeks, excluding school placement and observation. The course runs on Tuesday, from 3.30pm to 8.30pm, from September to May.
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The Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning consists of the following modules of study:
The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.
Fees for 2019/20 Entry
Annual Fees: £6,600*
* Exam fees included.
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher Education funding available)
Please note: Fees are for 2019/20 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.
Teacher Trainees without a portable DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check are required to undergo a DBS. A charge of £52.00 is levied at enrolment. Full-time students are able to add the costs of the DBS to their student maintenance loan.
All candidates will be interviewed and will be required to undertake assessments. Applicants are normally required to hold a level 2 qualification in Communication or a GCSE in English Language. An appropriate level 3 qualification in Learning Support is normally required. Where appropriate, candidates with substantial relevant experience as a teaching assistant in a relevant setting may be considered. There is no formal entry requirement for numeracy or IT; support will be available to facilitate the achievement of level 2 in both these areas whilst taking the Foundation Degree. This may require some independent study.
This course will enable students to gain a deeper understanding and insight into their work in highly complex settings. Graduates will become more effective practitioners and play a full part in professional teams within an educational setting. This award will allow learners to progress to a top-up Honours Degree – BA Education Studies – NESCOT (validated by University of Greenwich). With further study this may then lead to qualified teacher status.
This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2019. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.
Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.
All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.
Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.
Last updated - 27/06/19