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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 7500

How you will study

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About Education Studies for Teaching Assistants at Bath Spa University

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardFdAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 7500International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course


UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £7,500 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Entry requirements

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.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.

    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.

    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.

    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.

    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.

    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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