Have you ever thought about working towards a degree, but decided against it as you are already in employment or volunteering and don’t want to give that up? Our FdA Early Childhood Education in Practice course is designed for those working or volunteering with children 0-8 years in the voluntary, private and independent early years sector or a foundation unit in a school. This course is also for nannies, child minders and those working in Children’s Centres with families of young children. This work-based Foundation Degree programme is a combination of practice-based learning and campus-based teaching sessions that take place once a week, allowing you to continue working or volunteering throughout the course. Throughout the two-year programme, you will integrate your previous experience working with young children into your studies. In your first year, you will study learning principles as an introduction to higher education and analyse the complex link between practice and meeting the needs of children. You will investigate your role in the early years sector to support your professional development, as well as study modules on child development and social interactions to supplement your practical knowledge. As you go through the second year, you will study modules on inclusion, equality, and diversity, developing and supporting children, and expanding young children's thinking and learning via pedagogy and practice and reflection. You will be able to collaborate with students from other related courses who work in a variety of contexts such as schools and youth services to increase your employability by broadening your perspectives on working with children and young people. Throughout all stages of the programme, the Foundation Degree Early Childhood Education in Practice combines the full and relevant criteria of the Department for Education as well as the Graduate Competency (GC) requirements of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network and includes elements of assessed practice. This means that after successfully completing the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education in Practice, Early Childhood Education students have the opportunity to obtain this sector-recognised accreditation. Alternatively, students may consider a route in to teaching through the top up course of Primary Teaching Studies with Qualified Teacher Status.
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:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
If you’ve recently completed or studied modules as part of a previous qualification, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Once you have submitted an application for the programme, you will need to complete the relevant paperwork for RPL as well. To obtain the necessary forms needed for the RPL process, please contact our Quality Office via email at [email protected] or via telephone on 01522 563803.
There are no qualification requirements for this course.
You will normally have a minimum of 1 years’ experience (two years is desirable) in a voluntary or paid role in a relevant setting. Applicants are expected to have a current (or prospective) voluntary or paid role in a relevant setting for at least 12 hours a week and have written support from the setting.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6935||Year 1|
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Bishop Grosseteste University
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