Educational Practice FD

About the course

If you are currently working as a teaching assistant (or in another educational setting with children) and wish to work towards a professional qualification, this course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise you need for working with pupils, other adults and teachers.

Designed specifically to suit your existing work commitments, it builds on the experience you have already gained in the classroom to combine academic theory and understanding of best practice.

It can provide a route to a teaching qualification – on completion you have the opportunity to join the BA Applied Education Studies course, after which you may choose to progress to Primary PGCE/Schools Direct/ SCITT programmes to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Educational Practice - FD - Aylesbury College

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Aylesbury College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Educational Practice - FD - Bedford College

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time day
  • Download Course Specifications

Why choose this course?

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  • Learn locally – giving you easy access to part-time study designed to fit around your existing work or childcare commitments
  • Study using a variety of approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and the virtual learning environment – as well as being encouraged to share your experience with other students through self-support group
  • Develop your practical experience through work-based tasks and observed classroom practice – combined with academic study
  • Gain enhanced career opportunities through achieving a formal qualification specifically designed for support staff working in educational settings.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Typically students who complete the course over two years and two terms, part-time study:

Year 1
  • Introduction to HE Studies
  • Supporting Literacy and Mathematical Development
  • Behaviour Management and Inclusion
Year 2
  • Supporting Discovery Learning
  • Supporting personal, social and emotional development
  • Disability and Special Needs in Practice
Year 3
  • English: Theory and Practice
  • Reflections on Practice

Discover the School of Teacher Education

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We are very proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of the strong and effective partnership with schools and colleges in Bedford Borough; Central Beds; Luton; Milton Keynes and Peterborough. Our employment rate is amongst the highest in the country and the university hosts an annual Teaching Fair, which brings students and employers together for job and networking opportunities.

We take particular care to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, and we encourage all students to reach their potential in a supportive environment.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

Typical examples of assessment types include presentation, essay, case study and portfolio.

The assessments are designed to allow you to focus on the principals and practices that relate to your workplace setting, whatever that may be. The assessments aim to allow you to use your personal experiences and knowledge of your workplace to address the topics given. You will be asked to compare and share your experiences with those of others to gain a more informed overview of your workplace.

Two of the units are designated Work Based Learning (WBL) units and require the compilation of a portfolio, detailing practice within the classroom and reflections about what has been witnessed.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

  • In appropriate paid or voluntary work placement for minimum of one day per week at start of course

As this is a Foundation Degree (Work Based Learning) course, students need to be working with pupils within an educational setting for the equivalent of one day per week minimum. Typically the setting will be in Early Years, Primary, Secondary or Post Compulsory Education or alternatively in the Special Educational Needs sector

Mature students with appropriate experience but without the necessary academic requirements will be interviewed to assess suitability. Promoting a widening participation agenda is a key aim in recruitment to this course. We welcome applications from students with ethnically diverse backgrounds, mature students and international students. The primary criterion above minimum levels is the potential of the individual to benefit from the course.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Because of the work-based nature of your course, all assignments require you to examine your strengths and aspirations for career development and demonstrate your potential as an educational practitioner.

The curriculum is a link between professional and theoretical strands so unit tutors will stress the application and evaluation as it relates to your organisational context.

When you have completed the FdA, the opportunity to continue at a higher level with the BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies is offered as a direct progression. You may then apply for Primary PGCE/Schools Direct/SCITT programme to gain QTS status. However you must have achieved Maths, English and Science at Grade C or above (or accredited equivalencies) and passed the relevant QTS Skills Tests.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

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