Early Years - Foundation Degree - Part Time

Halesowen College and University of Worcester.

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.

  • Programme Aims:
  • Provide the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for the care and education of children within wider Early Years settings.
  • Develop students as independent reflective practitioners, with a sound understanding of the wider issues relating to young children and their development.
  • Develop students as effective advocates for the rights of young children.
  • Develop an understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework of Early Years, and the effect that it has on children and their families.
  • Enable students to develop appropriate pedagogical approaches to working inclusively with children and families, exploring theory in practice within their settings.
  • Develop students’ personal and transferable skills, including communication, IT, team working and leadership, study skills, safeguarding and problem solving.
  • Provide a suitable basis for progression to further academic study or professional qualifications.

How will I be assessed?

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.

What do I need?

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.

  • Plus:
  • 32 UCAS points from a minimum of 1 A Level and maximum of 3 1/2 A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, for example the CACHE Diploma or EdExcel BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.
  • A statement of support from your current employer to provide the time, opportunity and support for work-based requirements and release to attend university-based study
  • A testimony from an appropriately qualified referee
  • Evidence of current police check (DBS) clearance to work with young children

Enquiries from candidates who do not have traditional qualifications but who have gained sufficient relevant work experience and skills are also welcomed.

Where can it take me?

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.

Additional information

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.

Course information and costs: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/early-years-0-8-foundation-degree

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