X301; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This course enables students to take their interest in education and learning to degree level and study educational systems and experiences from early years to lifelong learning. There is a particularly strong focus on issues relating to inclusion for diverse learners from non-traditional backgrounds such as race and ethnicity, poverty and deprivation, gender, disability and learning difficulties, sexuality, mental health, as well as those who are subject to abuse or bullying. The course is tailored to meet the interests of students who aspire to go on to teach (or develop their existing practice) with exploration into the application of learning theories, the curriculum, the role of teachers and the shared nature of learning between schools, families and professionals.
Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
Plus one option from a choice of modules in Deaf Studies, Children, Schools & Families, Sociology, Volunteering or Politics
Choose 5 plus Dissertation
You will undertake at least one placement (usually one in each year of study) in an educational setting (nursery, primary, secondary or further education/training context) to help you gain essential work experience in a teaching and learning environment and facilitate reflection upon education systems, processes and practice (including your own).
"The support from lecturers is excellent and I have encouraged a colleague from another college to study for her masters with you. I think that lecturers have a great understanding of the different form of pressures that mature students have and they try to accommodate this at all times."
For students with prior qualifications such as the Certificate in Education (post-compulsory) or relevant Foundation Degrees (in the discipline of Education or Childhood Studies/ Early Years), you can join the course in Year 2 or 3 depending on your experience and qualifications. The delivery of the course is designed with your employment needs in mind so study can usually take place with one-day-release from your workplace by negotiation with the course leader.
Scheduled teaching and learning activities combined with supported independent study will enable students to gain the ability to conduct research, learn how to make presentations, develop problem-solving skills, engage more effectively in discussions, pursue individual academic interests, collaborate in teams and develop critical approaches to policy and literature in the field of Education. You can tailor your dissertation study to particular professional needs or personal interests.
"I have found that studying Education at UCLan has provided me with a sound base for my career in this field, especially studying some of the barriers and disadvantages young people face in the education system."
Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
You can gain further practical experience outside your main degree through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership with modules which are accredited by the ILM in the fields of volunteering, mentoring and community leadership.
As experienced educators we are very conscious that our teaching and learning strategies emphasise the role of the learner. We therefore endeavour to use a range of learning strategies including lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work to secure your active participation in the learning process.
Assessment is by coursework with no exams. Coursework is varied including essays, individual and group presentations, a critical review of set articles, reflective learning logs, portfolios and the design of a small-scale research proposal
I found that the modules gave me a deep insight into different learning/teaching styles, legislation and the technical side of teaching.
You will be supported through the use of personal tutors and the University’s Careers service to undertake further study towards teacher training or postgraduate study. We have had recent success with students gaining ESRC scholarships onto Masters and Doctorate level study.
For educational professionals, we have further progression routes into an MEd, Professional Practice in Education and a Professional Doctorate in Education.
The majority of our graduates progress to careers in teaching, most commonly going on to gain places on primary PGCE courses (teacher training) or increasingly, undertaking training in schools as part of the Schools Direct programme.
Other recent graduate destinations include advice and guidance roles; community support; social work roles; learning mentors or other pastoral roles in educational contexts.