FDA Bridge to BA QTS

Prepare for your arrival onto the teacher education programme

Course details

Online application

May 2017 (Lancaster)

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Online application

May 2017 (London)

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For students who have a foundation degree in Teaching and Learning Support, we have devised a special programme to help you become a primary school teacher faster. Our Bridge course is designed to enable you to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Primary Education (3-11) with QTS. We offer a thorough preparation for your arrival onto a teacher education programmme, providing you with a comprehensive guide to best serve you in training for the teaching profession.

By taking this course, you will be advancing your qualification, enabling you to enter into teaching sooner. We provide all the information you require to progress your current skill set into a near-graduate level position. As part of the course, you will complete an 8 day Needs Analysis placement in a school setting, with school-based tutor and Partnership tutor support, providing you with valuable work experience to get a real-world view of being a modern teacher.

The course is set up to prepare you for entry into the final year of the primary QTS programme, including an 8 day Needs Analysis placement in a school setting with school-based tutor and partnership tutor support. Your placement will be supported by 4 days on campus and 1 preparation visit day.

Following recommendation of the school at the end of your placement, we will offer you progression into the QTS programme. Full feedback is provided from the school, including areas for development. If your placement is deemed unsuccessful you will have the option of applying for the Bridge again at a later date.

Upon successful progression, you will complete academic and qualificatory modules in the QTS course. To graduate with QTS, students must pass their final school placement consisting of a preparation week and 8 week block in the third term.

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

See course specific entry requirements listed below.

Selection criteria

All applicants must have completed an FdA Teaching and Learning Support, either at the University of Cumbria or elsewhere.

Applications must provide evidence of relevant, successful work experience or voluntary work in a primary school equivalent to 16 weeks of school placement. The application form must be accompanied by a reference from the headteacher at your FdA placement school. The applicant will do an audit of their experience in primary school as part of the entry requirement to the bridge.

Applicants must also:

  • have GCSE grade C or equivalent in English Language, Mathematics and a Science and provide certificates
  • process a new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records background check
  • complete a health questionnaire
  • pass the QTS skills test before commencement of QTS third year programme

Admissions staff will give full guidance for completing these processes. Candidates can apply for the Bridge process while awaiting completion of, or outcomes for, GCSE results. However, they cannot enter the final year of the QTS without their GCSEs in place.

To secure an offer, students must demonstrate that they can:

  • Produce or adapt appropriate short and medium term plans, providing clear structure to lessons and demonstrate adequate subject knowledge
  • Teach a sequence of whole-class lessons in Maths, English and Science demonstrating adequate subject knowledge
  • Use ICT appropriately and effectively in planning and teaching
  • Demonstrate ability to improve teaching and pupil learning by reflection on practice and by the effective evaluation of your whole-class teaching
  • Use strategies to create and maintain an orderly classroom environment

Selection is informed by the applicant's written application, attached reference and the interview process.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk

You will progress onto the BA (Hons) Primary Education (3-11) with QTS course, which will qualify you to become a primary school teacher.

All students have access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment for easy online access to course information, course materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board. We have a well-stocked library and a Learning Gateway that offers an interactive, flexible space to study. You can also take advantage of the Library and Student Services (LiSS), who provide learning resources, equipment, student advice, skills training and study space.