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  • Course Length

    24 months

  • Fees

    £7,570 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Oxford Brookes

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: X318
    • Institution Code: O66
    • Campus Code: N

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Early Years

About the course

If you are thinking of building a career in the early years or caring professions sector, then you should enrol on this Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years course. This course programme examines theories of child development, play and learning (including the role of the adult), and a thorough appreciation of international and cultural perspectives.

Through lectures, seminars and workshops, students gain a greater understanding of policy as well as regulatory and legislative frameworks. This course is to be studied over 24 months.

Students will have access to both the LDCs at New College Swindon, and Oxford Brookes, including electronic resources.

A range of assessment types are employed throughout the Modules and will enable students to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways, including essay, reports, and presentations. There are no formal written exams. In modules with more than one assignment, you must pass both in order to pass the module. Further details of the assignment tasks relating to each module will be provided in each Module Handbook.

Topics in year one include:

  • Studying policy and practice
  • Introduction to child development
  • Reflective practice & early years pedagogy
  • Children’s digital learning
  • Inclusion & wellbeing
  • Working with families and caregivers
  • Global perspectives
  • Developing pedagogies for artwork with young children
  • Children’s voice
  • Researching with young children
  • Contemporary issues in child development
  • Early Years environments
  • Leading early years practice

Topics in year two include:

  • Developing pedagogies for artwork with young children
  • Children’s voice
  • Researching with young children
  • Contemporary issues in child development
  • Early Years environments
  • Leading early years practice

Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have one of the following:

• BTEC, NVQ or other appropriate vocational qualification at Level 3

• An appropriate A Level, or six-unit vocational A Level,

• An advanced modern apprenticeship in Early Years or related subject.

• Applicants should have a minimum of two years’ experience in an Early Years setting, working directly with children for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Applicants will need to evidence a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the University’s principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards.

Where next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may wish to continue to study (subject to interview and qualifying entry criteria) towards a full honours degree through the BA programme at the College, gaining graduate status. Once students have gained the full Honours Degree, they may then progress to Initial Teaching Training routes such as PGCE* or GTTP* or to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)* *please note: students will require GCSE C or above in English, Maths and Science.

Example job roles:

  • Early Years Teacher

Work experience and employability

N/A

Fees information

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £7,570 per annum

Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.

Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.

Contact

For queries about the course, please contact Angela Batner angelabatner@swindon.ac.uk

Important COVID-19 update – Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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