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Why study this course?
The Education: Early Years and Primary sector foundation degree builds on your experience of working in an education setting by engaging with academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education. As part of the course you'll learn new skills and develop your knowledge of working in the primary education and early years sectors with 3 to 11-year- olds. The course will increase your understanding of teaching techniques and will develop a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education in order to increase the impact of learning and teaching in schools and early years settings. The course includes on-the- job training supported by a mentor at work, which will also enable you to add value to your workplace by putting what you learn on the course into practice, as well as ensuring you will be well equipped for further career progression.
More about this course
This foundation degree in learning and development focuses on working with 3 to 11-year-olds and is ideal if you're a practitioner supporting teaching and learning in a primary school classroom or early years education setting and want to progress in your career.
We’ll build on your previous primary and early years education experience by combining both theoretical and work-based learning. This will increase your understanding of the complexities underpinning teaching techniques and the experience of work with children in education.
The new perspectives you’ll develop include a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education and how you can increase the effectiveness of your teaching and a child’s learning in school. The course promotes a view of education as a holistic experience in which teaching and learning are inextricably linked to feelings and thinking.
The course team will draw on theoretical perspectives including education, wellbeing, psychology, sociology and social policy, while specific topics covered will include political and pedagogical curriculum approaches, differentiation and inclusion, the role and value of reflection in scaffolding children’s learning and development.
The Education: Early Years and Primary Sector FdA has been developed to meet the needs of qualified education practitioners working across a diverse range of education sectors, including primary, early years and health care settings. It includes on-the- job training and support from a mentor at work to enable you to be better placed to contribute to the successful development of primary school or early years learning environments as well as your own personal professional progression.
Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become an informed practitioner, manager, teacher of childhood teaching and learning environments.
Example Year 1 topics include:
Personal Development and Planning (1)
Child Development Supporting Language and Literacy
Introduction to Children’s Learning
Educational Issues and Practice (1)
Supporting ICT in Primary Education
Special Educational Needs
Supporting Mathematics in the Primary School
Example Year 2 topics include:
Protecting Children’s Welfare
Educational Issues and Practice
A Balanced Curriculum
Science and the Language of Science
Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability
Personal Development Planning (2)
You'll be assessed through essays, reports, projects, oral presentations, observations, reflective journals and an online discussion forum.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
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||City and Islington College|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/application-guidance-and-entry-criteria/english-language-requirements/undergraduate-english-requirements/
|UCAS Tariff||64 points||Level 3 qualification in either teaching and learning, childcare and education or youth and community work.|
|A level||CC||Typical offer CC (64 UCAS points) in teaching and learning, childcare and education or youth and community work.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Level 3 qualification in teaching and learning, childcare and education or youth and community work.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject is acceptable for entry. QAA accredited course required.|
English and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above.
You should have two years' experience working with children in an education setting and be currently working in an education setting as either a paid employee or volunteer.
Please note, unfortunately we cannot accept applications from international students for this course.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Current clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with children
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£6,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
166-220 Holloway Road
City of London
Clearing contact details
0800 085 3168
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
020 7133 4200