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Education Studies for Teaching Assistants (Level 5 FdA)

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Course Overview

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course all students will must:

  • have GCSE maths and English Language qualifications at grade 4 or above (Please note, the college reserves the right to accept evidence of working towards a maths qualification upon completion of a successful interview
  • be a minimum age of 18 years old
  • be working or volunteering as a teaching assistant for at least 10 hours per week
  • have experience working as a teaching assistant within an educational setting.
  • have a letter of support from your Headteacher
  • hold a current enhanced DBS check
  • successful complete an interview


On this course, you may be eligible for a HE Loan, find out more

The Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants is a two-year course for experienced teaching assistants wishing to study at a higher educational level. This course is for teaching assistants or learning and inclusion support assistants in all areas of teaching: early years, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, and post-16 teaching.

The course covers all aspects of the work of the teaching assistant, including:

  • the ways children develop and learn
  • appropriate and inclusive teaching methods supporting learners with additional needs
  • social and emotional issues and contexts in learning
  • policy and legislation

New City College has registered with the Office for Students.

All of the modules on this course are compulsory and worth 20 credits each. Successful completion of all of the modules in the first year is worth 120 credits at Level 4 and equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education. Successful completion of the second year is also worth 120 credits and will lead to the award of the Level 5 Foundation Degree.

Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants Year 1
  • The Curriculum, Foundation Stage to End of Secondary (20 credits)
  • Inclusion (20 credits)
  • Learning -Theory and Practice: Part 1 (20 credits)
  • Learning -Theory and Practice: Part 2 (20 credits)
  • The Reflective Practitioner: The Inclusive Learning Environment: Part 1 (20 credits)
  • The Reflective Practitioner: The Inclusive Learning Environment: Part 2 (20 credits)
Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants Year 2
  • Working in Partnership: Part 1 (20 credits)
  • Working in Partnership: Part 2 (20 credits)
  • Supporting Children’s Behaviour for Learning: Part 1 (20 credits)
  • Supporting Children’s Behaviour for Learning: Part 2 (20 credits)
  • Exploring Education Research (20 credits) Education Research Project (20 credits)

This course is franchised by Bath Spa University

  • Assessment Criteria

    All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

    >Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways:

    • Critical reading/literature reviews
    • Seminar presentations
    • Collaborative investigations
    • Seminar reports and journals
    • Investigative reports
    • Practice in the workplace
    • Written essays
  • Further Information

    For further information about application please email Customer Services

    You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at

Further Information

Many students use the Foundation Degree as a route into teaching. You obtain 240 credits and need to obtain a further 120 credits to obtain a full degree. You may wish to study the BA in Education and Professional Practice at our college after the Foundation Degree for one year, and then complete a primary PGCE or possibly gain a place on the Schools Direct programme.

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