FdA Educational Practice

This programme aims to produce highly skilled and well-qualified Teaching Assistants, capable of supporting teaching with a variety of contexts.

  • Level

    Higher Level

  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    City of Oxford College

  • Pathway

    Teaching and Education

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Building on the Professional Practice Framework for Teaching Assistants, and on Oxford Brookes’ considerable success in providing Higher Education for mature students, this programme is aimed at Teaching Assistants working in primary, secondary and tertiary education.

In the first year, students are taught to develop an understanding of how individuals learn, in particular, in the subjects of English and mathematics.

In the second year, wider education issues such as reflective practice and mentoring are taught.

Tuition fees:

Home/EU* Fee for September 2022 entry: £7,570 per year

Students applying to the Fda Educational Practice course are eligible for a £500 bursary towards study materials.
The school or college that the student is employed with is also eligible for a bursary to cover any cost incurred for release time for the student to attend the course each week;

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

If you need any further information or guidance, please contact us at HE@activatelearning.ac.uk


Modules Covered:

Year 1

  • Developing Skills for Learning
  • Understanding how learners learn
  • Planning for learning
  • Technology in Learning
  • Developing Literacy
  • Developing Maths
  • Equality and Diversity

Year 2

  • Preparing for Practice based study
  • Developing Reflective Practice
  • Supporting Individual Needs
  • Mentoring and Pastoral
  • Impact of Behaviour on Learning
  • Research Project

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students will be able to progress to the BA (Hons) top-up in Education and Lifelong Learning which is a one-year programme.

However, the Foundation Degree is a recognised qualification in its own right and students have used it for career progression in learning support roles and in other educational careers.
If you wish to progress to Initial Teacher Training you must have Mathematics, English and a Science (Primary Only) subject at GCSE Grade C or above at the point you apply for the PGCE

This is a work-based course and it is a requirement that participants are employed in a school or college. The course is considered full time, although it only requires attendance at the college for one day per week. For those receiving student funding or loans it is full time.

To undertake the course successfully entrants to the Programme should normally possess the following:


  • a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and a Line Manager’s letter of support and recommendation; or
  • a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A-C), or O-level (grades A-C) normally including Mathematics and English Language, or ? a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications.

All students must produce a 500 word piece of work reflecting on their role in their school or college which must be assessed by the programme leader.

Students will gain a recognised University-awarded Foundation Degree and also have the opportunity to progress to a BA (Hons) top-up in Education and Lifelong Learning through one more year of study. Successful graduates will then be able to pursue a PGCE in order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

All applicants must have a reference from their Head teacher or line manager. The letter must confirm that they support the application and will take all reasonable steps to support the applicant’s study on the Programme, and in particular that the educational institution will facilitate the applicant’s work-based studies.

English Language Requirements Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as: ? British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components;

DBS checks – all students will be required to have obtained clearance from, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for working with children and young people and as teachers. You will not be permitted to undertake the programme if you have been barred from teaching or working with children.

Mature students, who do not meet these academic qualifications, can have relevant work or life experience taken into consideration.

Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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