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FdA Early Years Professional*

As an early years professional you can make a significant difference to children’s lives, working with them at this time of key developmental milestones. This new degree will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of key concepts and practices that will support your own development as a practitioner.

Subject to approval, the degree will meet the QAA subject benchmark statement for Early Childhood Studies, increasing the value of this qualification to employers. You will study with like-minded people across a range of other related professional roles based in your own community. There is the opportunity to progress to a BA top-up on completion.

We're still accepting applications for September 2019!

Please note, UCAS is now in clearing. You can still apply for this foundation degree, but the process is slightly different. You will NOT be able to choose your university or course initially, but will need to submit your application WITHOUT making these choices. Once it has been submitted you can go back into your application through UCAStrack and enter your choice(s) using the codes at the bottom of this page. 

Please contact degrees@learninginstitute.co.uk for additional support.

Course delivery
 

This foundation degree will be delivered using a blended learning approach, which combines face-to-face learning, live online learning, tutorials, work-based learning and independent study.  Students will require a basic level of ICT competence and a computer and software which enables access to information via the virtual learning environment (VLE) and the Internet.

There will be a weekly learning session (1.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.). This will be delivered either face-to-face in a local venue or live online, enabling you to balance study, work and home demands. This day will remain the same for the duration of the foundation degree.

Students on each course will also meet and work together at a twice yearly student conference that will run Friday evening and Saturday daytime in one central location. Specialist modules specific to individual degrees will be delivered online and during these student conferences. Dates for these student conferences will be set by summer 2019.

What will you study?
 

Level 4†
- Supporting academic skills
- Human growth and development
- Foundations of understanding
- Practitioner-based enquiry
- Promoting the enabling environment

Level 5†
- Understanding our personal and professional selves
- Creative pedagogies
- Assessment, evaluation and planning of learning
- Working in partnership
- Practitioner-based enquiry
- Supporting learning in the early years curriculum

These modules are indicative, and subject to change.

Where will you study?
 

We are currently recruiting for:

Cornwall
Newquay
Penzance
Roche
Roskear

Devon
Exeter
Ilfracombe
Plymouth

Somerset
Yeovil

Dorset
Poole

Bristol
Bristol
Winterbourne
Yate

Gloucestershire
Tewkesbury

London
Northolt
Southwark

Assessment
 

The course provides opportunities to assess understanding and learning informally through the completion of formative tasks.

Each module has one or more summative assessments, which are graded and count  towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include essays, reports, critical
reflections, portfolios and presentations.

Employability

The course could provide you with the self-confidence, skills and knowledge to develop your career in the early years sector. For example, FdA Early Years Professional provides  you with the required qualification to take a leadership role within early years settings. The course covers all necessary criteria to support you in this role.

Additionally, other progression routes from this degree include roles in children’s centres, school settings or provision in statutory, voluntary and private organisations. The majority of students on similar courses complete a top-up year to gain a full honours degree, with some moving on further into masters level study. This course provides an excellent route to progress to qualified teacher status.

Entry requirements 

We consider applications from individuals from a wide range of prior educational and employment experiences.  For all applicants, current or recent experience of working with learners, such as employment or work in a voluntary capacity within a work setting, is desirable. 

For those holding level 3 qualifications, such as A levels, BTEC National Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas or equivalent qualifications, we are looking for 32 UCAS tariff points.

The University of Worcester and the Learning Institute are committed to providing education to all those who can demonstrate the potential to benefit and succeed.  Applicants who do not hold level 3 qualifications such as those outlined above will be considered on the evidence of relevant experience and related learning.

Evidence of level 2 literacy is required, for example key skills or functional skills at level 2 or GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above. If you do not have evidence of literacy at level 2 or above then you will expected to complete an essay to demonstrate competence in written English.

Course requirements 

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this course, and students will need to register for the DBS Update Service. Students will not be able to commence practice until clearance is confirmed. Students who are already signed up to the DBS Update Service may not need a new DBS, the University of Worcester will confirm on an individual basis.

Applicants should note that the course requires students to be working or volunteering in an appropriate work placement, accruing hours each and every study week across both years of study.

Fees
 

Annual tuition fee for 2 year foundation degrees commencing September 2019 are £9,250.

Student loans are available to fund tuition fees and contribute towards the cost of living. Full details of loans and grants available can be found at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Other course-related costs (not included in fees) 

  • Purchase of key texts
  • Travel costs (e.g. to your placement for work-based learning and/or your venue for taught sessions)
  • Accommodation, travel and some meals when attending student conferences
  • ICT equipment - you may need to upgrade existing ICT equipment or purchase additional hardware/software (e.g. webcam, printer)
  • Enhanced DBS check - you may need to pay for an Enhanced DBS Check and to register for the DBS Update Service

Course codes for UCAS and Student Finance England

Institute: W80

Campus: I (capital i)

Course: X315

*Subject to approval. This foundation degree is accredited by the University of Worcester.

To find out more, please contact us:

degrees@learninginstitute.co.uk  |  01579 386123  |  01726 891807