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Education and Social Work Foundation Year - Foundation

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If you apply for entry onto one of the following degree courses and your actual or predicted grades fall below the minimum UCAS entry tariff set for entry onto the first year of that degree, we may choose to consider you for a place on the Foundation Year stage instead: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons) Secondary Physical Education with QTS BSc (Hons) Secondary Science (Biology) ...

  • Level Foundation
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

This course is:

Open to International Students

Overview

If you apply for entry onto one of the following degree courses and your actual or predicted grades fall below the minimum UCAS entry tariff set for entry onto the first year of that degree, we may choose to consider you for a place on the Foundation Year stage instead:

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
  • BA (Hons) Secondary Physical Education with QTS
  • BSc (Hons) Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work

The Foundation Year option gives you extra time and support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence before starting a full degree. You'll develop a range of practical and analytical skills that will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in teaching or social work.

Why study a Foundation Year course?

On the Foundation Year in Education and Social Work, you will study broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme. You will study alongside people who are preparing to progress on to degrees in education, teacher training and social work.

Please note:

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as Social Work England, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for your course which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.

This course is open to International students.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will have extra time and support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence before starting a full degree.
  • Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside of London, which will provide you with a wide variety of experience that will be valuable to take forward into your future career.
  • Our staff come from the professions they teach, maintaining their links to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course.
  • We have invested £41 million into our City South campus in Edgbaston to provide specialist learning facilities for all Health, Education and Life Science courses.

Open Days

Join us for an on-campus Open Day where you'll be able to learn about this course in detail, chat to students, explore our campus and tour accommodation. In the week before the event, we’ll post you an event programme to plan your day and find your way.

Next Open Day: 29 June 2024

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Entry Requirements

These entry requirements apply for entry in 2024/25.

All required qualifications/grades must have been achieved and evidenced at the earliest opportunity after accepting an offer to help confirm admission and allow for on-time enrolment. This can also include other requirements, like a fee status form and relevant documents. Applicants can track their application and outstanding information requests through their BCU mySRS account.

Essential requirements

Details of the entry requirements can be found on the course page for the specific BA/BSc degree you wish to apply for:

Please note: If your Level 3 qualifications do not meet the UCAS tariff we require for entry onto our BA/BSc course in teacher training or social work, you may be considered for a place on our Education and Social Work Foundation Year instead, which offers an alternative pathway onto our Teacher Training and Social Work courses. This is a decision made by us once your degree application has been assessed.

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact us.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Foundation

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
  • £9,250 in 2024/25

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Foundation

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
  • £16,085 in 2024/25

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Details of the entry requirements can be found on the course page for the specific BA/BSc degree you wish to apply for:

Please note: If your Level 3 qualifications do not meet the UCAS tariff we require for entry onto our BA/BSc course in teacher training or social work, you may be considered for a place on our Education and Social Work Foundation Year instead, which offers an alternative pathway onto our Teacher Training and Social Work courses. This is a decision made by us once your degree application has been assessed.

Guidance for UK students

UK students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS

  1. Register with UCAS
  2. Login to UCAS and complete your details
  3. Select your course and write a personal statement
  4. Get a reference
  5. Pay your application fee and submit your application

Course in Depth

Foundation Year

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Additional support

If you're dyslexic, or have a specific learning difference or disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

Employability

Employment opportunities

If you progress to on to one of our BA/BSc teacher training courses, you will experience a wide variety of learning and teaching approaches that are designed to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills as you progress through the course. Our courses are designed to promote independence so that you become a confident, committed and creative teacher ready to join the teaching profession.

If you progress on to and complete the BSc (Hons) Social Work, you will be eligible to register with Social Work England, enabling you to practise as a professional social worker.

International

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities & Staff

Our facilities

Our School of Education and Social Work is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding the education facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice. Alongside classrooms and lecture theatres, we also have a range of specialist teaching and learning spaces for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.

As well as subject-specific rooms, our facilities include the Primary Innovation Lab, which houses £24,000 worth of LEGO. This room is a special resource for our education students, offering an innovative and creative way to approach subjects across the curriculum – from computing to English, mathematics to art. The lab responds to research that children and young people learn best from practical experience.

Our Social Work students have access to a home environment room and mock hospital wards which offer an opportunity to gain experience of working with service users in different situations.

Computer facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Julie Davis

Foundation Year Lecturer

Julie joined the ADD (Academic Development Department) in 2018 as a Lecturer on the HELS Foundation Year programme. Prior to joining Birmingham City University, she worked at a number of local FE and HE institutions where she developed and delivered a range of Early Years and Education programmes.

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Jessica Lowe

Foundation Year Lecturer

Jessica joined the ADD (Academic Development Department) in 2019 as a Lecturer on the HELS Foundation Year Programme. Her role is to lead and develop modules to support students on their journey on the Foundation Year Programme. Prior to joining BCU, she has worked in a FE and HE institution teaching students on a range of courses in Early Years...

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