This foundation degree has been designed to provide you with a broad understanding of early years theory and practice, giving you an insight into cultural and contextual changes that influence child development and growth.
There is a large focus on employability, and you will undertake a work placement in both your first and second year of study, where you will develop essential practical skills that are supported by the theoretical knowledge you acquire during your studies.
During the second year, you may have the opportunity to enhance your learning by participating in an educational trip. Previous groups have travelled to Germany, where they visited a forest school. Here, you will experience how children learn in a different culture and educational system. This has been invaluable to students in the past and helped them develop into effective practitioners.
During your studies you will learn through a varied approach to teaching and learning, which includes seminar discussion and assessment, reflective video diaries, essays, reports and portfolios, all of which enhance your communication and presentation skills. All of our teaching team have a wealth of experience and maintain strong links with the industry. You will benefit from guest speakers, who will be able to share their experiences and provide you with a valuable insight into working practice. You will also undertake a work placement in both your first and second year of study, which the College can help you find and secure. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies. The balance of assessment by examination/test, coursework and practical depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 - 95% coursework 5% Practical Year 2 - 92% coursework 8% Practical Timetables are normally available one month before the commencement of your studies. As a guide, In 2018/19 the first year of this programme was timetabled on Mondays and Tuesdays. In addition to taught lessons, you will be expected to undertake independent study to support lesson and in the for preparation assessments.
Ucas Code: BX71
Award: FdA awarded by University of Plymouth
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this foundation degree you may progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Child Development and Education degree at UCSD, the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management degree at UCSD, or the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could also immediately consider employment in a variety of early years disciplines and roles, such as a manager within an early years setting or a higher level teaching assistant. You could also go on to achieve Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).
"The hours were suitable alongside my work, which meant that I could stay employed while developing my knowledge and skills. It was really valuable to learn from experienced professionals and experts in their field, who have helped me to develop."Anna Messer
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