32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent). English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent. Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable. We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry. You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.
Applications can be made directly to the College or via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting:
Institution Code: C27 Course Code: L007
As this is a Foundation Degree (WBL) course, students need to be working with young children within an Early Years setting for the equivalent of two days per week.
Mature students with appropriate experience but without the necessary academic requirements will be interviewed to assess suitability. Promoting a widening participation agenda is a key aim in recruitment to this programme. We welcome applications from students with ethnically diverse backgrounds, mature students and international students. The primary criterion above minimum levels is the potential of the individual to benefit from the course.
UK students: standard entry requirements - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/ukugentryreqs
Students from the European Union - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/eu/guides
The Early Years Studies degree is designed to give you an understanding of the complexity of early education, child development, and the developing child in the context of their family and society in local and global contexts, with a particular focus on your place. The course focuses on a holistic approach to learning and understanding the needs of children. After an underpinning first year introducing you to key knowledge and skills, you will have the opportunity to focus applying your theoretical knowledge in your workplace to aid your professional development. You will be able to understand the importance of educational research and enquiry, and carry out research in your own educational context. This will provide the background for you to be fully prepared for working in multi-disciplinary teams in the Early Years and for further study. It will also allow your individual interests to be explored.
The course is a Foundation Degree designed for Early Years practitioners working with young children in a range of settings, such as pre- schools, child-minder settings, day nurseries, schools etc. It is a course that links the vocational aspects of your role in the work place to the academic rigour of an undergraduate course at levels four and five respectively. The course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of practitioners with reference to the continuous demands on classroom and setting practice and changes in the curriculum. You will take on more responsibility for the support of teaching and learning and thus you need to be equipped with curriculum knowledge, greater knowledge about pedagogy, the way children learn and about the different approaches to teaching and learning.
You will already have knowledge of your own work and your own working environments. It is the intention of this programme to enhance and deepen that knowledge, skill and understanding and prepare you for the academic rigour of the top up degree. It is designed as a part time course and is designed for smooth progression onto the Level 6 top up.
This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire. Further details about the University and its courses are available at www.beds.ac.uk.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course offers you a strong foundation in Early Years Education from a variety of professional perspectives, providing opportunities for you to develop your own individual academic and professional interests linking your current work practice to your developing theoretical knowledge.
The course is designed specifically to suit existing work commitments. You will have the opportunity to continue your studies at degree level through the University of Bedfordshire's BA Applied Early Years Studies course and all Foundation Degree students are invited to apply for direct entry at the end of their study. You can then choose to follow a Primary PGCE / Schools Direct / SCITT programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status, or the Early Years Teacher Status (GCSE grades A- C in Maths, English and Science or equivalent will be required).
FdA Level 4 ? Introduction to Higher Education Study. 30 credits ? The Developing Child. 30 credits ? Policy and Practice in the Early Years. 30 credits ? The Importance of Play. 30 credits.
FdA Level 5 ? Supporting Early Literacy and Numeracy Development. 30 credits ? Developing Professional Practice. 30 credits ? Inclusive Practice for all Young Children. 30 credits ? Reflections on Professional Practice. 30 credits.
Development of Maths and English
Employability Skills Development
Employability is central to the course both within the curriculum and in the extra-curricular activities promoted by the course team. By undertaking this course your future employability prospects are supported and enhanced. Visiting speakers from a range of disciplines within the Early Years field support your awareness of professional practice in context. The course team works closely with the Careers and Employability Service of the University and College careers services to promote future employment. On completing the foundation degree you will have the right of entry to the Universitys bespoke top up degree course, the BA (Hons) Applied Early Years Studies. This will allow you look for graduate careers in the sector. The work based learning units will allow you to see the links between theory, policy and practice and facilitate a deeper understanding of the workplace.
The degree will support you in your workplace and will prepare you for a wide range of careers across the Early Years field.
How will the course be taught?
The main strategy adopted for delivering the course is a student-centred, experiential learning with ample opportunities for reflection, self- assessment, negotiation and sharing. This approach is particularly appropriate since the course will constitute a resource for students future professional development as educators by providing practical examples of strategies for
emulation in their practice. A wide variety of other learning and teaching methods are employed including: ? Whole class interactive teaching ? Presentations and lectures ? Group, paired and individual work ? Workshop sessions ? Use of a range of audio-visual resources ? E-learning to include the use of BREO and relevant internet resources ? School based research and activities ? Opportunities for self-reflection and evaluation.
The focus on group work is included within the lecture and workshop based elements of the student activity breakdown. Sessions are whole- day or block evening taught sessions in large groups and there is a combination of whole class teaching and small group work throughout the contact time.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that students receive regular feedback, manage their workload and meet college expectations.
Are there any additional costs?
Students should factor in the cost of travelling to college and potentially a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that students can choose to purchase if they wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
What course can I do next?
Successful completion of the Foundation Degree will lead to students being invited to apply for the BA(Hons) Applied Early Years Studies top-up degree. Students from this programme have returned to the University to study for Honours degrees and subsequently Postgraduate Certificate in Education study, and Early Years Initial Teacher Training.
Where can I get further support / advice?
How do I join the course?
Apply online at www.centralbeds.ac.uk
£1500 per 30 credit unit. Total cost over the two and a half years is £6000.