FdA Education and Learning

The Conservation and Education Centre at the former Bristol Zoo Gardens site remains open to students.

You will have private access to the zoo grounds during lectures, to carry out your observations and data collection, but as more animals are moved, this will gradually be carried out at the Bristol Zoo Project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Course Description
Earn as you learn, work in an educational setting for 2.5 days
Study at campus one afternoon/evening per week

With an emphasis on work-based learning, this course provides an ideal opportunity to gain an academic qualification and enhanced professional development for those working in, or aspiring to work in, or with, schools or an education setting. You will get the best of both worlds by successfully combining learning 'on the job' and college attendance for one day per week, for a formal qualification whilst in employment.

You will consider current and relevant research and theory in relation to your setting and, crucially, how these underpin and are applied to your practice Study areas:

  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Sociology of Education
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Partnership Working • Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Technology in Education
  • Researching Practice
  • Learning Mathematics
  • Supporting Families

"This course has changed my life"

"I looked at a few colleges in which to undertake my FdA, and SGS was by far the best choice. Having two children of my own, I needed a course that could cater for my needs; that’s why being able to study on a Wednesday afternoon and evening was invaluable to me. This course has changed my life. I have completed the full degree now and I am part of the English department where I work. Next year will be teacher training!"

FdA Education and Learning
Study Modules
Reflective Practice 1

This module aims to develop your awareness of reflective practice and provide an introduction to academic study. You will engage with personal development planning to create your own personal development plan (PDP) to enhance your study and transferable skills, and resilience towards long term goals. Concepts of continuing professional development will also underpin study, encouraging you to evaluate how your learning has impacted on practice. Throughout the module you will identify your personal strengths and areas for development and begin to understand the components of effective reflective practice. Target setting and review will be used to link and promote your academic and professional development.

50% Coursework: Assignment 1,000 Words (or equivalent)

50% Coursework: Portfolio 1,000 Words (or equivalent)

Behaviour for Learning

This module aims to introduce concepts of behaviour management with consideration given to theoretical approaches that underpin policies in educational settings and recent strategies adopted by practitioners. The influence of government policy on classroom practice will be considered and you will reflect on your own personal setting experience. As you explore the connection between behaviour and learning you will find out why some children present persistent poor behaviour in schools. You will also consider practical strategies for managing learner behaviour in a way that supports their learning and personal development.

100% Coursework: Assignment 2,000 words (or equivalent)

Special Education Needs and Disabilities

This module aims to introduce the concept of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and explore strategies which can be used to ensure those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities can achieve their full potential in educational contexts. Concepts relating to the intersectionality of diverse needs will be explored as well as the social and historical discourse of SEND interventions.

100% Coursework: Assignment 2,000 words (or equivalent)

Communication, Language and Literacy

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of communication, language and literacy and how it developed through speaking and listening, reading and writing. The importance of literacy development within the curriculum will be a focus, providing opportunities to enhance your practical application of strategies in a working environment.

60% Coursework: Presentation: 13 Minute, (or 2,400 word equivalent)

40% Coursework: Assignment 1,600 Words (or equivalent)

Partnership Working

This module introduces you to the importance of multi-agency working and communication strategies. You will relate theoretical principles to your own working practices and develop your personal communicative skills in order to effectively support the individuals and families in your care. You will consider the various roles and responsibilities of education and other professionals in a multi-agency context. There will be opportunities for you to consider how different methods of communication impact wider working practices and relate these to your own experience.

60% Group Presentation: 13 min (or 2,400 words equivalent)

40% Assignment: 1,600 words (or equivalent)

Perspectives on Education

This is an exciting module which aims to explore psycho-social perspectives on education across the life span. The social construction of childhood and adolescence will be analysed in relation to expectations of children in society and education. Contemporary issues surrounding the purpose and structure of childcare and education will be considered which will encourage you to explore different notions of society and the role of education.

100% Assignment: 2,000 words (or equivalent)

Supporting Families

Supporting families is one of the most important aspects of your role in education. This module begins with an exploration of recent government initiatives and policy within your educational setting that aim to promote working with families. Whilst considering their implications you will develop a greater understanding of the intergenerational transmission of educational expectations and barriers which impact the effectiveness of relevant approaches adopted by schools, as well as your own role.

100% Coursework: Assignment 2,500 words or equivalent

Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion

This module aims to raise your awareness of issues relating to ethnicity, diversity and inclusion in education. Social and historical trends will be analysed as well as contemporary issues allowing you to develop an awareness of the implications these issues have in your own working environment. You will explore current data relating to the engagement and educational outcomes for different groups and consider ways to try and reduce inequality.

50% Coursework: Portfolio: 2,500 words (or equivalent)

50% Coursework: Assignment: 2,500 words (or equivalent)

Learning Mathematics

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of significant and emerging theories and principles of mathematical teaching and learning. There will be a focus on your pedagogy ensuring you can use appropriate teaching and learning methods and techniques to develop and support mathematical development. With a practical focus this module provides an opportunity to plan and reflect upon a mathematical activity which will help develop your understanding of pedagogy and theory that underpins mathematical delivery.

100% Coursework: Assignment: 2,500 Words (or equivalent)

Technology in Education

This module aims to explore the digital revolution and the impact this has on educational learning experiences within your own working environments. Sustainability in education will be considered along with a critical look at how technology has supported your working environment.

60% Coursework: Presentation, 15 minutes (or 2,500 words equivalent)

Researching Practice

The aim of this module is for you to undertake a literature review linked to your topic of interest and, following on from this, you will demonstrate your ability to undertake a small-scale work-based research project. In order to develop the necessary skills to be a practitioner-researcher, you will be introduced to critical aspects of the research process including ethical considerations, methodologies and methods, and appropriate ways to present and analyse data. You will be supported to understand the research process from developing a research question, collecting and analysing your data, to reflecting upon its implications for practice.

40% Coursework: Assignment: 2,000 words

60% Coursework: Assignment: 3,000 words

Reflective Practice 2

This module aims to extend your ability to work as a reflective practitioner who is able to evaluate and analyse your experiences in the workplace in order to improve practice. An integral part of this programme is the practical application of theory into practice. As both student and working professional, you will have opportunities to reflect on your personal development and the work you do, providing an opportunity to enhance your current level of understanding and skills, to facilitate progression in the sector. You will continue to use your Personal Development Plan (PDP), which was developed at level 4 to record and evaluate your progress, whilst engaging in target setting for your personal and professional enhancement.

100% Portfolio: 2,500 words (or equivalent)

Course Video
Chloe Tomkins
Programme Lead and lecturer BA (Hons) Education and Learning, FdA Education and Learning and FdA Early Childhood Studies
*This programme is subject to validation and delivery approval by the University of Gloucestershire.
University Centre WISE
Foundation Degree
Full-time Duration:
2 Years
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Part-time Duration:
4 Years
Part-time Fee (Per Year):
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Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff entry points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

Course info last updated:
December 6, 2023
Delivery Format

The delivery format for your degree-level programs is primarily face-to-face and in-person sessions. However, there may be some hybrid sessions offered occasionally, mainly for flexibility purposes, such as tutorials or for larger events like visiting lecturers. Additionally, it's mentioned that all degree programs are well-supported by Virtual Learning Environments, which include Teams or Google Classroom.

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