Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Education (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

This popular degree is ideal for those interested in working with children and young people in informal and formal education settings. You'll learn the statutory requirements of curricula for primary education in both England and Wales, explore learning dispositions, and discover how to support pupils both academically and pastorally.

The course:

  • Has a long history of providing a well-respected, successful and alternative pathway into mainstream primary teaching via a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE – Primary Education) or Post-compulsory qualification (PcET – Adult and Further Education ).
  • Keeps options open for a range of other career opportunities that involve work with children and young people.
  • Is predominantly geared towards working with children between the ages of 3-13 years of age.
  • Combines academic study and work experience.
  • Draws upon theoretical perspectives from a wide range of disciplines including education, sociology, psychology, philosophy, health and social welfare/justice.

Entry Requirements

The academic requirements for the course are;

  • 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English/Welsh (First Language), plus grade C/4 or above in Mathematics or Science, or equivalent. 


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

There are a growing number of careers within both education and community settings, and opportunities for further studies, including:

  • Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Lecturer Further/Higher Education (PcET)
  • Masters programmes
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special Education
  • Educational Youth Worker
  • Teacher-English as a Foreign Language
  • Behavioural/Pastoral Support Worker
  • Health Promotion Practitioner

Course Details


The Education foundation year will introduce you to the theories of Child Development and how they can be applied and evidenced in practice.  You will be given an overview of the concept of health and wellbeing in the early years and the importance of providing a healthy, safe and secure environment for children.  You will gain a theoretical and experiential basis of the necessary skills to work with children, young people and families.


  • The Skills You Need
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Introduction to Skills for the Workplace
  • Contextual Studies


Level 4 offers students a broad understanding of some of the main issues involving work with children, young people and families. This is a core year studied by all students to ensure the subject foundations, key study skills and preparation for placement are all in place. 


  • Learning to Learn in Higher Education
  • Child Development and Play
  • Introduction to ALN/SEND
  • Preparing for your Placement
  • Placement 1


Level 5 builds upon the core skills gained at level 4 and introduces a specialist module specific to your study route and an optional module to choose from. A key part of level 5 is the introduction to research skills and an extended placement.


  • Curriculum Matters 1 (Specialist Module)
  • Inclusion and Diversity (Optional Module)
  • Well-being and Resilience (Optional Module)
  • Practice Informed Research
  • Placement 2


Level 6 builds upon prior learning, requires more independent study and involves students completing a research project. This year you will study two specialist modules and develop your leadership skills.


  • Curriculum Matters 2 (Specialist Module)
  • Learning and Teaching: Theory and Practice (Specialist Module)
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Practice Informed Research Project
  • Placement 3
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