Foundation Degree Early YearsHigher Education Level 4/5 Foundation Degree
The Foundation Degree in Early Years is suitable for any practitioner working directly with children from 0-16 years. To achieve the full Foundation Degree you will complete the core modules and then choose one of the route-specific options which may be directly related to your career interests or may be a topic that you wish to learn more about. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree provides a progression route to a full BA Childhood Studies Degree or PGCE, EYPS, QTS or management opportunities. Modules include: Personal and Professional Development, Work-based learning, Understanding behaviour, Play and curriculum, Inclusivity, Safeguarding children and families, Leadership, Contemporary Issues in Early Years. Elective modules: Teaching assistants, Play and Playwork, Birth-Five.
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Teaching will be one day per week and you will be expected to attend term-time classes for 30 weeks. You may also be required to attend tutorials and seminars during the usual college holiday period. Teaching will include lectures, workshops, group seminars and tutorials and wherever possible teaching will be supported with specialist guest speakers.
Appropriate Level 3 qualification (for example A Levels or vocational qualification) in Early years, Childcare or Playwork (or equivalent) PLUS: At least two years' experience of working in the sector. Candidates with a level 2 qualification may apply with evidence of at least three years' experience of working in the sector. Candidates will be employed or working in a voluntary or Early Years setting for at least 12 hours per week throughout the award. Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.
Interview with Award Lead Tutors. Candidates will be required to undertake a short written task and group exercise.
Questions & Answers
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is through essays, reports, group/individual presentations and the construction of a work- based learning log. You will also be required to complete a personal development profile (PDP) as part of your assessed work.
Are there any opportunities for progression?
We are currently in negotations to have a progression route in place with the University of Huddersfield. Leading to work as an Early Years Professional, Early Years Care, Teachers in Primary, Scecondary, Further and Higher Education, Teaching Assistants, School Support Workers, Local and National Government policy and development work, Social Work, Health Care, Counselling, Psychology. Community Care. Candidates who go on to top up may then continue to EYPS.
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During Your Study
To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.Apply for this course
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- UCAS Institution code: C02
- UCAS Course code: 8P22
UK and European Applicants: Apply online through UCAS. If you require advice or have any queries about the course or entry requirements, please contact an Admissions Advisor on 01422 399316.
- Attendance: Full-time
- Start Date: Induction: Week commencing 14 September 2014
- Hours per week: 7 hours study per week , 1 hour tutorial and 7 hours directed study (one day per week in College)
- Days: Wednesday
- Start Time: 9.00 am
- End Time: 5.15 pm
- Duration: 2 years
- Course Fees: £5990 per year. Please contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for advice. All higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties.
- Venue: Calderdale College
- Faculty: Partnerships, Performance & Employability
- Department Manager: Deborah Tims
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- Level: Higher Education
- Qualification Name: Foundation Degree Early Years
- Awarding Body: Leeds Metropolitan University
- Course Contact: Maureen McLachlan (9451)
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