Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies (Non-Practitioner)

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2018
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    TBC
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Who is this course for?

    This pathway is for applicants who do not possess a vocationally-related qualification. Attendance in college will be for two days per week, over a 32 week academic year. During Year 1, you will have an opportunity to develop your vocational skills through two work placements - in a school and an early years setting. Your vocational skills will be further enhanced during your second year where you will be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, culminating in the achievement of a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner or Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. This qualification, alongside your degree will place you in a very prominent position to seek employment within your chosen specialism.

  • Course Description

    Whether experienced in the early years sector or not, if you are committed to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, this foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect underpinning for your career. While studying our foundation degree, you will develop the skills as a reflective practitioner and learn to be a creative and visionary leader needed for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You will reflect and review practice and policy and learn the importance of encouraging a child's development in partnership with their family. This encompasses all physical, intellectual, social and emotional development as well as children's rights, equality and inclusion.

    The programme team has worked collaboratively with early years care and education providers for many years. As such, extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this programme through the engagement of early years' employers, head teachers, parents, children, Early Years and Primary School Practitioners and recent and past graduates.

    The exciting development for this new programme offers opportunities for qualified, experienced practitioners and inexperienced applicants, to develop their knowledge and skills.

    The modules studied over the two years will include:

    • The Reflective Practitioner
    • The Child in Society
    • Language and Literacy Development
    • Introduction to Leadership and Management
    • Child Health and Wellbeing
    • Working with Children and Families 
     
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  • Teaching and Assessment

    There are no examinations on this programme, each module is assessed by means of assignments – reflective essay, production of children's learning and development resources, and presentations. We offer comprehensive study skills support throughout your time at college in order to help maximise your chances of success. Teaching sessions take the form of lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers. 

  • Career Progression

    This Foundation Degree will open up a variety of career paths and can lead to employment in family support and projects working in a range of early years settings - children's centre worker, home/school liaison officer, early years practitioner or a role within a primary school. The majority of our foundation degree graduates progress to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-up programme.

    As an early years professional you can help transform chidren's lives and play an instrumental role in preparing them for learning and later life.

  • Entry Requirements

    To commence the Foundation Degree candidates must have GCSE English grade A*-C; IELTS Level 6 or above for students whose first language is not English), Mathematics grade A*-C  (or Maths functional skills at Level 2) and at least one of the following: 

    • 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level)
    • BTEC Qualifications (QCF) MPP (Extended), MM (Diploma), DM (90 Credit Diploma)
    • Access to HE course in a relevant subject area
    • Or equivalent

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme.

    You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work.