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Foundation Degree Post 14 Education and Training - Level 5


The Foundation Degree in Post-14 Education and Training is an in-service programme suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in teaching in the Post-14 sector.  They may be working across the wider sector, including academies and schools (post-14), adult and community education, work based learning, training providers, prisons and public services. 

The course is designed to develop teaching skills by helping trainees to reflect on their practice and development as a teacher. It encourages trainees to recognise and adopt the role of a ‘dual professional’ i.e. an expert who is qualified and experienced in a subject area, who acquires the skills and knowledge to lead the learning of a variety of adults and young people in this area. Practical experience in the classroom is combined with academic application throughout, as this programme has been designed in line with recognised sector teaching standards and criteria giving a qualification which has national standing.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

Entry requirements

To start this course students will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 64 UCAS points at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMP profile or above.
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualification (normally at merit grade).
  • You will need to possess a minimum Level 2 in Maths and English and a level 3 qualification in the subject you are teaching or a related area. You will also need to show that you have the required number of teaching hours (150 hours) over the course of the programme.  This must be presented as a letter from an employer.

Prior to commencing, students may also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.              

Where applicable: £44 on DBS check.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20202 yr(s)1052D1£7150.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year full-time course.  You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and study outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include, but are not limited to: self-assessments, peer assessments, portfolio, presentations, posters, essays, seminars, observations and reflective journals.

What does the course lead to?

A degree in Post 14 Education and Training allows you to keep your options open. Successful completion of the degree will provide you with the opportunity to follow a number of career pathways. The course can open up different routes into teaching, working across the wider sector, including academies and schools (post-14), adult and community education, work-based learning, training providers, prisons and public services. 

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

  • An Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Using Evidence Based Practice to Improve Teaching
  • Contrasting Contexts in Post 14 Teaching
  • Educational Theory in Practice
  • Introduction to SEND
  • Reflective Vocational Practice 
  • Curriculum for Inclusive Education
  • Marketization of Education
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Professional Research Project
  • Developing Professional Practice

There will also be an optional module which will be selected from:

  • Teaching in Compulsory Educational Settings
  • Effective Classroom Management

Module titles may change.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of the course, students have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up) at Vision University Centre, or an alternative top-up pathway at university.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email the HE team at

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