FdA Education Studies for Teaching Assistants - Bath Spa University

Education Studies for Teaching Assistants


Foundation degree

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course X901

Key facts

FdA Educational Studies for Teaching Assistants
Taught by
Bath College
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: X901
Campus Code: E,CITY OF BATH

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.

A course for teaching assistants – improve your qualifications and develop your professional knowledge.

  • This degree is delivered locally through Bath College partnership with Bath Spa University.
  • Much of the learning on this vocational course will take place in your workplace.
  • This degree provides a route into teaching with a third year 'top-up' to honours degree level.

Embark on professional and career development. 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: 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.

The course has a strong vocational element; you'll relate your own understandings of theory directly to your practice. Skilled and experienced teaching assistants need a specific route into higher education designed to reflect their diverse roles and responsibilities and the changing role and status of the school/college based teaching assistant; this course has been designed to meet those needs. 

What you'll learn


This course aims to develop reflective education practitioners, who will make valuable contributions to  to the lives and learning of children. You’ll explore the status of children in society and discuss how you can allow the voice of the child to be heard.

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework for early years, and the government’s agenda and strategies as they relate to young children and their families. Through work-based learning, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a research project on an area of your choice, connected to your professional interests.

The course offers a progression route to an Honours Degree and to QTS via an appropriate ITT course such as a Primary PGCE.

Course components

By the end of this Foundation Degree, you'll have:

  • Demonstrated the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to good classroom practice
  • Planned for and worked with children individually and in small and class groups
  • Used a variety of assessment methods to support children’s development and learning
  • Supported children’s development and learning through working in consultation with others: colleagues, other professionals and parents
  • Demonstrated a thorough understanding of similarities and diversity and engaged in inclusive practice
  • Critically reflected on all aspects of your practice in relation to your work with children/pupils/students

How will I be assessed?

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

How will I be taught?

This course is taught by highly qualified and experienced staff in partner colleges.

You’ll learn through a combination of the following methods:

  • Lectures
  • Group work – seminars and discussions
  • Tutorials
  • Visits to educational workplaces
  • Specialist presenters and lecturers
  • Professional reflection
  • Professional discussions with your mentor in the workplace


Progress to year 3 of an undergraduate course

After successful completion of this course, you may wish to apply to progress to the third year of the BA (Hons) Education Studies at Bath Spa University.


Potential career pathways for you on completion of the foundation degree are:

  • progression to a degree course;
  • teacher training;
  • learning support;
  • specialist inclusion practice;
  • social work training;
  • work in child protection;
  • community and family liaison work.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught by highly qualified and experienced staff at Bath CollegeTeaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources. Open access computer facilities are available.

The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources and to the Bath Spa University library.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,995
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

  • Appropriate accredited Level 3 qualifications (for example A-levels or vocational qualifications)
  • Working or placement as a teaching assistant (or in a similar role). This will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Completion of a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Application through Bath Spa University.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Course leader: Viki Bennett Kane
Email: v.bennett@bathspa.ac.uk 

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