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Educational Practice (FdA)


Key facts

UCAS code

New College Swindon: X101 Activate Learning: City of Oxford College: X102

Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

Course length

Full time: 2 years


School of Education


This foundation degree is taught at City of Oxford College (part of Activate Learning) and New College Swindon, which are associate partner colleges of Oxford Brookes University.

The course enables learning support staff, such as teaching assistants and learning mentors, to:

  • further develop their knowledge and skills
  • gain a higher education level award
  • proceed to further qualifications and training.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time off campus

International / EU full time off-campus

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time off campus

International / EU full time off-campus

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

On this course you’ll be going on placements in schools; you'll self fund travel to and from your placements.

You’ll also need a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This costs about £50. You may also need to pay an extra fee of about £15 to keep your DBS up-to-date.

How to apply

Further offer details

Foundation degrees are not typical degrees, so there is no typical offer. Each application will be considered on its merits and in the light of your employer's commitment to support your learning.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

This is a work-based course and you must be employed in a school or college. To undertake the course successfully you must also have an employer who is willing to support your training needs. 

Normally you should have a level 3 qualification. For more information about this, please contact the college you are interested in applying to (see below or right for contact details).

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International applications

This course is not available to international students requiring a Student visa.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Apply in the first instance to the college where you would most like to take your course.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.