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Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

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Course outline

This course is designed for people working in the early years’ sector and wish to progress to work as a senior practitioner or on to an early years’ teacher training course.

It is a flexible, work-based programme, designed to allow you to continue to work whilst studying and has been developed in association with local employers and professional bodies. This sector-endorsed course is ideal to progress your career if you’re currently a childminder, teaching assistant in the foundation stage, nursery nurse, nursery manager or learning support assistant.

During the course, you’ll need to work for at least ten hours per week in an early years’ post.

A statement of support and commitment from your employer/ mentor stating that they will be able to meet the full range of roles and responsibilities in the workplace will be needed.

Modules may include:

  • Study skills and current initiatives
  • Personal development and professional practice
  • Play, children’s early learning and the curriculum
  • Anti-discriminatory practice
  • Observation and assessment
  • Child development and well-being
  • Safeguarding children
  • Meeting individual needs
  • Managing behaviour
  • Working with parents and carers to support children
  • The curriculum in action
  • Managing your professional role

The course will build on your existing knowledge of children’s development and learning, as well as developing your understanding of current policies and practice in early years’ settings. You’ll also acquire professional and practical skills such as planning, assessment and teamwork.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
Location to be confirmed
Due to the COVID-19 crisis this course will start at another college campus and may move to the City Hub later in the year.

Start: 21st September 2020

Tuition fee: £4,500

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C000546 / Q003044

Qualification

Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies FdA

Duration

3 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

You’ll be invited to an interview and asked for suitable references.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed on a continuous basis through reports, presentations and essays.

Progression

You could continue your studies to obtain a full degree, and then, if you wish, progress to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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