Early Years - Foundation Degree

Havant and South Downs College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chichester

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Course summary

This foundation degree provides a broad perspective of working with children through early childhood up to eight years of age. You will gain a sound understanding of the diverse contexts in which young children develop and learn. This course is delivered one day a week and aimed at those working in a variety of early settings. These include children’s centres, pre-schools, nurseries, children’s health services (such as speech and language therapy) and in social services early childhood centres. Why Choose this Course? This course allows you to explore aspects of Early Years and reflect on and develop your own personal practice. Students have access to excellent support and resources from both the College and the University of Chichester. Working in the sector alongside studying enables reflection and adds relevance to work. Structure This course will develop students’ skills in the study of childhood from psychological, historical, cultural, sociological, social policy and philosophical viewpoints. Delivered through a combination of taught sessions and employer-supported work-based learning, this programme is designed to support students’ development as an early years practitioner. This intermediate level study can also provide headway towards gaining a full degree in Early Childhood Studies, becoming an early years’ teacher or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course feeds into the BA top-up in Early Childhood which is also offered at HSDC. Students on this course are expected to attend one day a week at College, alongside working in the sector. You will study a range of modules each year including: Year One: – Developing Academic Skills – Child Development – Reflective Practice in Early Years Provision – Play, Provision and Pedagogy – Safeguarding Children – Working in Partnership with the Child’s Family Year Two: – Research Methods – Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care – Understanding Children’s Behaviour – Health and Well-being of Young Children – Researching Early Years – International Perspectives of Childhood – Inspiring Curriculum Teaching and Learning This is a two year programme which is delivered on one day per week. It has a practical, vocational focus to the study of Early Years working and provides grounding in social science perspectives to inform practice. The course is delivered partly through taught sessions and partly through employer- supported work-based learning. Students are taught in small groups and there is individual tutorial support to assist with the planning and checking of coursework. Assessment You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, reports, observations and poster presentations. You will be supported throughout and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during the course. Industry Links This course explores theories around different patterns of working in Early Years and makes links to excellent practice. Students work in a variety of different settings including schools, childminders or schools alongside studying and different approaches are compared and analysed. Progression This course leads to the BA top-up in Early Childhood which can lead to PGCE or Schools Direct routes into Primary Teaching. However, this qualification can lead to Management in the Early Years Sector or further qualifications leading to, for example, Speech Therapy, Play Therapy or Social Work. Careers Guidance is available for you to consider your options. About Us Our campus has a range of modern facilities to enhance students learning experience including music recording studios, gym facilities, a nursery, to our own working restaurant and beauty salon and much more. There are frequent buses from the surrounding areas and local train stations in Havant and Cosham. Located off Junction 4 of the A3(M), the College has extensive free onsite parking.

Course details

Modules

Year One: – Developing Academic Skills – Child Development – Reflective Practice in Early Years Provision – Play, Provision and Pedagogy – Safeguarding Children – Working in Partnership with the Child’s Family Year Two: – Research Methods – Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care – Understanding Children’s Behaviour – Health and Well-being of Young Children – Researching Early Years – International Perspectives of Childhood – Inspiring Curriculum

Assessment method

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, reports, observations and poster presentations. You will be supported throughout and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during the course.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX310
Institution code S42
Campus nameSouth Downs Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

At this time Havant and South Downs College is unable to accommodate overseas applicants requiring a Tier 4 Licence.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level An A Level programme
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – Have a full Level 3 early years qualification (for example NVQ 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development, BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Level 3 Diploma in Children for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Early Years, CACHE DCE)

– Be employed or doing voluntary work in an early years childcare setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week – Have the support of their employer or voluntary setting (unless self-employed, for example childminders) – Obtain a satisfactory enhanced DBS check – Have suitable GCSEs – Attend an interview Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will be considered.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.hsdc.ac.uk/courses/early-years-2/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Other

Obtain a satisfactory enhanced DBS check


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4795* Year 1
England £4795* Year 1
Northern Ireland £4795* Year 1
Scotland £4795* Year 1
Wales £4795* Year 1
Channel Islands £4795* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Years - Foundation Degree at Havant and South Downs College - UCAS