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.

This course runs on Mondays 1-7pm.

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.

If you are interested in this course and would like an informal, no-obligation chat about the details of the course, how to sign up, or anything else, please get in touch and we’d be happy to help!

Tuition fees:

Please note that we will be providing three scholarship awards to Activate Learning staff who wish to study on this course.

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

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

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

The course is assessed through on-going assessment including essays, reports, presentations, and a research project in the second year of the course. There are no exams on the Foundation Degree.

This full-time programme requires significant independent study to support learning and so students should expect to spend approximately 10-15 hrs per week on independent study.

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.

There are no additional costs associated with studying on this programme.

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 Farnham 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.
  • 100+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education

  • 65+

    years of teaching experience

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