This degree aims to develop you as a reflective early years practitioner who can make a positive difference to the lives of the children, families and communities with whom you work. We take a holistic, child centered approach within a framework of integrated working with other professionals.
Personal/professional development, theory and practice and work-based enquiry are interwoven to support your academic and professional development. Modules are carefully designed to embed transferable and study skills to boost your employability prospects. This interconnected approach is reflected in a range of assignments designed to encourage you to consider a variety of perspectives and the development of critical skills in relation to theory applied to practice.
This course enables you to have the opportunity to work at the same time as studying either full time or part time and put what you learn into practice. Achieving this degree allows you to progress to a BA (Hons) Top Up programme.
A variety of assessment methods both practical and theoretical.
There are no formal examinations: assessment is made by submission of assignments that link directly to practice and lead to improving quality for children and families.
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) can be given for those students who have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications or work based experience.
4 GCSEs at Grade C or above. GCSE English Language at C or above (or recognised equivalency). Maths GCSE at Grade C or above (or recognised equivalency) is desirable. If students do not have evidence of Literacy at level 2, it will be necessary to complete a University of Worcester literacy equivalency test (details of how to organise this are available from the Registry Admissions Office, the contact details are below). Please note there is a charge for taking an equivalency test, this is currently £25). While a pass in an equivalency test demonstrates that you meet a GCSE equivalent standard in a particular subject, for the purpose of admission onto the course, the test does not provide you with a nationally recognized qualification and is unlikely to be accepted by other institutions.
Enquiries from candidates who do not have traditional qualifications but who have gained sufficient relevant work experience and skills are also welcomed.
Those graduating from the FdA programme may apply to study for a BA (Hons) in Integrated Working with Children & Families Top-up degree or other related subject. On completion of a top-up programme and providing you also have English, Mathematics and Science at GCSE Grade C or above it is possible to apply for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status or Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status. The FdA is also a suitable basis for a range of careers in social work, children’s charities, nurseries, day-care, schools and the Health Service.
The full time course lasts for two years. Attendance is two days per week at College and two days per week in a paid or voluntary work placement in an appropriate setting.
There is also a part time route; attendance is one evening per week for three years. Students following the part time route also need to be in a volunteer or work position.
Students will be required to attend a Saturday Induction programme at the University of Worcester in Year 1 and are also required to attend a mandatory Saturday conference at the University of Worcester each academic year.
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