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FD Educational Practice

Students taking this course are normally experienced and working in a supporting role within an educational setting. On completion of the course, students can go on to an Honours year to gain a full degree. This will enable them to apply for Initial Teacher Training programmes (conditional on GCSE grades).
Students may progress on to:
Enhanced roles within your school or college or on to the BA (Hons) full degree.

Entry Requirements

This is a work-based course and applicants must be employed or volunteer in a school or college. Your employer must be willing to support your training needs.

Your Head teacher or line manager must also supply a reference. You will need a minimum of two years relevant work experience and related Level 3 qualification.

Applicants under 21 will also need one of the following:
• An A level or a six unit vocational A level and three GCSEs, including Maths and English A-C
• National Certificate or Diploma
• International Baccalaureate 25 points
• Other equivalent qualifications.

Applications are considered individually and on the strength of the employer’s commitment to support the student’s learning.

Fees information


What do I need to bring?

Notepad and pen.

Assessment/Exam information

Course Content* (*modules subject to change)

Year 1
• Developing Skills for Learning
• Understanding how Individuals Learn
• Technology in Learning
• Developing Literacy
• Developing Mathematics
• Implementing the Learning Cycle
• Equality and Diversity.

Year 2
• Supporting Individual Needs
• Preparing for Practice Based Study
• Mentoring and Pastoral Support in Education
• Developing Reflective Practice
• Impact of Behaviour on Learning
• Action research project.

Other information

Progression Opportunities
- Teaching Assistant Learning Support role
- Further study for one year to gain a BA (Hons) degree, which would also enable students to progress on to Initial Teacher Training routes such as PGCE.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students will be given the opportunity to progress to a one year programme leading to an honours degree.

Qualification description

Following a third year of study in which you can achieve a BA (Hons) degree, you will be eligible to apply for a PGCE course leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Those students who wish to embark on teacher training will also require GCSE Science.
This degree is designed to help you take on more responsibility within your institution and with further study you can qualify as a teacher.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
31 weeks 10 Sep 2018 26 Jun 2020 Tuition fee: £7,200.00 EYH5011
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 5.80
Study days: THU

Any extra costs

For further information on costs, please contact:
Student Services, Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1DY.
Telephone: 01793 498106
Email: or

How to apply

Applications should be made via UCAS at

Please use Institution Code O66 and UCAS Code X101.