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Fast-Track to a Foundation Degree in Educational Practice FdA (Level 3)

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. The course covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies, to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Early Years Educator Level 2 qualification with English and maths

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early years placement.

Course content

Some of the units you will study include:

  • Understanding child and young person development
  • Understanding how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Communication and relationships
  • Assessment for learning
  • Support learning activities
  • Health and safety
  • Develop own and team practices
  • Equality and diversity
  • Relationships
  • Behaviour

Assessment methods

There will be a range of assessments which will be co-ordinated according to your individual learning needs. Methods will include written assignments, professional discussion and oral questioning.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course, you will be invited to apply for the Foundation Degree in Educational Practice. Following this you can then progress on to a third year top-up degree, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA Applied Education Studies. With further study, teacher training and Qualified Teacher Status can be achieved. 

Additional information

You will need to attend two days a week in College with three days a week in a school placement. You will be assessed in the workplace where you will be required to demonstrate underpinning knowledge taught in the classroom. You are required to buy text books for this course costing £20 and uniform costing £36. There is also a trip fee of £54 for you to pay during this course. Loans are available.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 16/09/2019 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street K1556

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