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FdA Montessori Pedagogy

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Teaching and Education




Central London

Course summary

Are you someone who would like to

  • Help children to find out for themselves rather than give them facts?
  • Nurture curiosity?
  • Pave the way for children to grow into caring and compassionate adults?
  • Enable children to self-judge their ability instead of setting them tests?

Then studying for a Foundation Degree in Montessori Pedagogy (AMI 3-6) awarded by UEL may be just the course for you! Since the course is being offered in collaboration with the Maria Montessori Institute you will also receive the teaching Diploma awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organisation set up by Maria Montessori herself, to ensure the spread of authentic Montessori practice. The courses delivered by the Maria Montessori Institute have evolved directly from those first delivered by Maria Montessori and her son Mario between 1919 and 1951.
The partnership between the Maria Montessori Institute and UEL combines expertise in training highly valued Montessori teachers with an outstanding reputation in teacher education and childhood studies.

Montessori is a developmental approach to education that recognises and encourages the natural curiosity of children and their innate drive to learn. It emphasises learning by doing, along with self-expression and collaboration. Montessori-educated children are confident, creative and independent individuals, well-prepared for life. They become responsible decision makers, respectful of the needs of others and their natural environment, with a life-long love of learning.

On our course you will study in-depth Montessori pedagogy and practices for the child aged between 3 and 6. Study includes: 

  • Montessori Child Psychology and Child Development
  • Montessori Educational Theory and Practice including the role of the Montessori Teacher and the preparation of the Montessori environment
  • Observation and Teaching Practice in schools run by AMI Teachers
  • Statutory Guidance for the Early Years


UCAS points


Course options


UCAS code


Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Our students feel they are given the opportunity to explore their own ideas and concepts in depth (NSS, 2017).

Specialist academics

UEL is the largest provider of early childhood courses in London and our academic team have extensive experience in the field, which they bring into the classroom.


Research rated either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’(REF, 2014).



Maria Montessori Institute

I learned so much and it was a really in-depth experience with the children and then I came straight out of the organisation and into a job.

The Maria Montessori institute is full of experienced passionate people. The course that I did has been the most intensive course I have ever done. It's not just about how to teach children, it's the whole insight you can only get from thorough training

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

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Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

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Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:


Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444


Tuition fees

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma or Diploma
Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) / Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.


(Including European Union)


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We also consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into consideration.

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity
As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills to work as a Montessori teacher in the Early Years sector.
  • Gain a deep understanding of child development in the Early Years.
  • Develop understanding of the early years’ framework and statutory requirements for working in the Early Years in the UK.
  • Acquire transferable skills particularly in listening and communication, independent research, critical thinking and analysis, prioritisation and time management and collaborative teamwork to allow you to operate successfully in a variety of fields.
  • What you'll study and when

    We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

    ED4051 Theoretical Foundations of Montessori Pedagogy I (Core)
    ED4052 Montessori Curriculum -Practical Life (Core)
    ED4053 Montessori Curriculum – Sensorial (Core)
    ED4054 Montessori Curriculum – Language, Literacy and Maths 1 (Core)
    ED4055 Reflective Practitioner 1 (Core)
    ED5053 Theoretical Foundations of Montessori Pedagogy 2 (Core)
    ED5054 Montessori Curriculum – Language, Literacy and Mathematics 2 (Core)
    ED5055 Understanding of the World and Creative studies (Core)
    ED5056 Statutory Guidance for the Early Years (Core)
    ED5057 Reflective Practitioner 2 (Core)
    ED5058 Synthesis of Theory and Practice (Core)

    How you'll be assessed

    We assess each module individually using the most appropriate method to look for evidence of learning.

    We assess modules by coursework and exam (practical and oral).

    Other forms of assessment include: Essays and assignments, teaching practice assessment and a Montessori activity portfolio.

    Regular formative assessment tasks will provide the opportunity for you to monitor your own understanding and engagement prior to the final assessment.

    Course specification

    How you'll learn

    Knowledge is developed through:

    •Guided and independent reading
    •Group discussions and tutorials 
    •Written essays and assignments
    •Practice with demonstrating Montessori materials and activities
    •Practical workshops 
    •Creation of portfolios for Montessori activities 
    •Practical and oral review 
    •Self-evaluation of own understanding of the practical application of the Montessori materials and the theory underpinning the materials

    Thinking skills are developed through:

    •Group discussions and tutorials 
    •Reflection on application of activities 
    •Guided and independent reading 
    •Creation of portfolios of Montessori activities 
    •Observation in a Montessori classroom

    Practical skills are developed through:

    •Practice with demonstrating Montessori materials and activities 
    •Creation of handmade Montessori materials
    •Creation of portfolios for Montessori activities
    •Teaching Practice in a Montessori classroom

    Skills for life and work (general skills) are developed through:

    •Seminars, tutorials and group discussions
    •Practical workshops
    •Writing essays and assignments
    •Placement at Teaching Practice schools
    •Project work


    Your future career

    Montessori Pedagogy gives you the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of jobs with children and for children and their families.

    Apart from the classroom, careers are also available in Child development research, Special needs support, Psychology and counselling, Childcare, Humanitarian education initiatives and Montessori Teacher Training.

    Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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    Our international  team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London

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