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Educational Practice (FdA)

Foundation Degree Fd(A)

This foundation degree is taught at Activate Learning (Oxford, Bracknell and Wokingham), Solihull College and Swindon College, all of 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.

Typical offers

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Activate Learning - City of Oxford College / Solihull College / Swindon College

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years

UCAS code

Solihull College: X100
Swindon College: X101
Activate Learning: City of Oxford College: X102
Activate Learning: Bracknell and Wokingham College: X103

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200. 2019/20: £7,350.

International - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £8,200 2019/20: £9,000 (only available at Swindon College)

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU & 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

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.

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).


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

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

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

International applications

This course is not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Find out more

For full details about studying Educational Practice, please visit the College website.