What's covered?

This course is for anyone who works with children and young people from 3 – 16 years (working in Children’s Centres, Secondary school support staff, Extended schools, Health & Social Care and Local Authority Practitioners and Advisory staff) and wants to improve their skills and knowledge whilst staying in their current job.

Foundation Degrees (FdA) are particularly appropriate for students considering returning to learning after a break or those who have not gained their qualifications through the traditional school-based route. The course does not qualify you to teach (QTS), or confer the title of Early Years Professional, but is a ‘stepping-stone’ towards this status.

You will study at the Langley campus of East Berkshire College all day Wednesday 9.00am – 6.30pm This Foundation Degree is validated by the University of West London.

What you will study:

Modules for Year 1 – Level 4

• Study Skills • Child & Adolescent Development • Policy, Perspective and Practice (inc. SEN) • Learning Research and Theory • Developing the Role of the Reflective Practitioner (inc Behaviour Management)

Modules for Year 2 – Level 5

• Leadership & Management • The Child, Family and Society • Children and Young People’s Health • Communication in a Multilingual Society • Reflective Practice and Project

What do you need?

• A relevant Level 3 qualification • A minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience • Current employment in an appropriate setting (for a minimum of 2 days a week) • Support of your school or setting • Someone to act as your mentor

How you are assessed

Your work will be assessed through presentations, reports, essays and a reflective essay, projects, a project diary, a portfolio and one online test.

How Long?

The duration of this course is 2 years.

What course next?

Successful completion of the foundation degree opens up a number of alternatives to you. You can top-up your qualification to a full BA Hons degree at one of our local universities: Bucks New University and the University of West London.

What could this lead to?

Progression pathways can lead to Early Years Professional or Qualified Teacher Status.

Choose from the following options

Many students are entitled to a reduction in tuition fees on many of our courses, which can dramatically reduce the overall cost of the course. More information can be found on our course fee reductions page. Financial support, loans and instalment plans are also available to eligible students.

Contact us on 01753 793288 to check whether you might be eligible for a reduced fee.

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