A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

Applying for FDLT

If you are considering applying for the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (FDLT) at the University of Northampton please contact the Admissions Tutor, Jean Edwards, by email – jean.edwards@northampton.ac.uk

Open events:

Do come along to an open day at the Waterside campus:

Saturday 28th September

Saturday 26th October

Saturday 16th November 

Saturday 7th December

Saturday 11th January 2020

Saturday 9 February 2020

Saturday 9 March 2020

Saturday 6 April 2020

Do come along to an open event at 4pm until 5pm at Devonshire Place, Leicester:

 

You can find more information and book here.

Read more about the course here.

Applications:

Applications are accepted through UCAS (code 73X7) up to June 30th 2020 for a September  2020 start. If you have missed this deadline you can apply through clearing.  Please contact the Admission Tutor (details above) for advice about this.

Interviews:

Interviews for the FDLT course starting in September 2020 are planned for:

Wednesday 29th January
Wednesday 12th February
Wednesday 18th March
Wednesday 20th May
Wednesday 17th June
Wednesday 15th July

These take place in the afternoon. You will be offered an interview date and time and invited to bring along a resource that you use in teaching to talk about with a tutor.

Locations and days:

The year 1 group starting in September 2020 will run:

Waterside Campus, University of Northampton, University Drive, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 5PH on Thursdays.

Devonshire Place, London Road, LEICESTER, LE2 0RA on Tuesdays

(subject to numbers)

The FDLT course starts in week beginning 14th September 2020. (UN group on Thursday 17th September and Leicester group on Tuesday 15th September)

Entry requirements:

Participants must demonstrate the ability to undertake intermediate degree level study, through prior qualifications at NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

Appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy are required to support learners in schools and usually a minimum of two years’ experience working as a teaching assistant.

Applicants will be asked to provide the disclosure number for their DBS declaration (dated from within the last two years).

Additional Information

Applicants require a positive employer’s reference from the headteacher (or equivalent) stating their support for study during term time. 

This course is full-time, taught one day a week. As such you should apply for funding as a full-time student.

If you have HLTA status you could be exempt from the the work-based modules (40 credits) in year 1. This will affect the funding you can apply for in year 1 as well your access to the university benefits package.

Thinking of teacher training?

If you are planning to apply for initial teacher training you will need to have GCSEs in English language, mathematics and science for primary teaching courses. You will need English language and mathematics for secondary teaching along with a subjects. You should check with possible providers in your area for other requirements so you can plan ahead. Use the website Get Into Teaching to do this.

Further information about Foundation Degrees:

You can read some FAQs about foundation degrees and see some video clips of our recent graduates talking about how the course helped them in their roles here.

This what Louise, one of our students who is completing the BALT course said:

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in following a career further into Education, or to just build on their own experiences and/or qualifications, especially from a support and learning perspective.  I have found the experience invaluable to my position as a Teaching Assistant.  It has built on my confidence in all areas that I work within, and has given me a greater insight into how my role can have an impact on those pupils and other practitioners I work with.  Each day I use skills and knowledge I have gained from doing the Foundation Degree.
Meeting and sharing with others the experience of learning, has had a true impact on my outlook towards further goals.  Being given the opportunity to access further education as a mature student  in an area of interest to me has been incredible. As I now look to complete a final third year, with the prospect of beginning an Masters degree in September, I can only thank the tutors and other students who helped me through this opportunity, which all started with the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching provided by the University of Northampton.  When asked by others “Has it been hard?” I can only reply with “Yes, but the positives far outweigh the negatives”.

My own children talk to me about tasks they do at school as being hard, and I encourage them to keep going and to keep trying different ways of getting to where they want to be. Three years ago I would never have believed I would be where I am now, I’ve just kept trying and with the encouragement of those around me, I’m now succeeding.

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