University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
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 our career. Extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this course through the engagement of early years' employers, head teachers, parents, children, early years and primary school practitioners and recent and past graduates.
There are two pathways for this course: a Practitioner Pathway and a Non-Practitioner Pathway. Your choice will be dictated by whether you are already working within an early years setting and whether you already possess a vocationally related qualification. In Year 2 you have the option to be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, culminating in the achievement of an optional Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner or Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.
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
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.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Taunton Campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||64 points||from a Full Level 3 qualification|
|A level||64 UCAS tariff points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MPP|
|Access to HE Diploma||64 UCAS points|
students are also required to have four GCSEs to include English and Maths Grades 4 - 9 or C - A* or a recognised equivalent Level 2 qualification
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)