During the foundation year, you will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.
However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.
Core modules (Year 0, Foundation Year)
- Introduction to Education
- Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
- Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
- Personal and Career Development
- Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan
Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.
Possible optional modules include:
Introduction to Early Childhood
The aim of the module is to support you in gaining a foundation of knowledge and understanding in relation to the key theories, ideas, research and policies that influence the lives of young children and their families. In addition, you will be encouraged to explore how children aged from birth to eight spend their time and what influences and shapes their lives during the period of early childhood from both a local and global perspective.
Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
The aim of this module is to ensure you begin to develop an understanding of the issues that surround discrimination, disability and equality in our society and of the concept of inclusion with a particular focus on children, young adults and their families. The history, psychology, economic and social dimensions of these issues will be explored and you will begin to develop your analytical skills.
Introduction to Physical Education
The aim of the module is to build knowledge, skills and understanding of the discipline of physical education. It will offer an insight into the nature and purpose of physical activity and an overview of some of the issues in teaching and learning of physical education in schools. Additionally, the module aims to give an introduction to the practice of physical education through practical experiences in a range of activities.
Introduction to Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring
The aim of the module is to introduce you to a range of helping professions within which counselling, coaching and mentoring relationships are developed. The concept of a helping relationship will be explored and you will identify and define the activities of counselling, coaching and mentoring.
Introduction to Sociology of Education
This module discusses the relationship between sociology and education. It identifies the ways in which sociology attempts to explain the relationship between educational opportunities, social class, gender, race and ethnicity. The module explores the contribution of a range of perspectives such as functionalist, Marxist, feminist and others. Additionally, you will examine your own educational lived experiences, and that of others, through a theoretical perspective lens.
On successful completion of this year you will then continue your studies on the degree course you chose.