Who is this course for?
The Practitioner Pathway is for Practitioners who have already achieved a Level 3 vocationally-related qualification, and who are working within an early years or educational setting for at least one day per week, either as an employee or volunteer. Attendance in college will be for one, long day per week, over a 32 week academic year.
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:
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Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is largely via coursework, tests of knowledge and understanding and written assignments – reflective essays, project reports, 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 short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.
On completion of the Foundation Degree you may decide to top-up to the full BSc (Hons) at University Centre Somerset. Alternatively, the qualification will open up a variety of career paths in the health and social care sectors, and give you the potential to work in a managerial or supervisory capacity.
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:
You will be working within an early years or educational setting for at least one day per week, either as an employee or volunteer.
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.