Who is the course for?
This is a two year full-time course for practitioners who have been employed, or volunteered, in a child care setting for one year or more. On successful completion you will be able to apply to progress onto a BA (Hons) in Early Years through Plymouth University.
This course is validated by University of Plymouth.
What will I study on the course?
The modules you will study will include:
- Professional study
- Child Development
- Child Protection
- Working Together with Children, Families and Other Professionals
- Early Years Project — Investigation, Supporting Children's Learning (3 – 8 years)
- Concepts of Inclusion in the Early Years Setting
- Child Health — Contemporary Issues
- Promoting Positive Behaviour
- The Role of the Early Years Professional
- Current Curriculum Issues
- Early Years Project — Small Scale Study and Professional Practice
- Option module: Current curriculu issue/International Early Years Education.
What will I need for the course?
You will require a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and at least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including Maths and English or Level 2 equivalent.
You will need to be currently working or volunteering in an early years setting and to have at least one year’s experience in the field. Have to demonstrate evidence of workplace support and to undergo an interview and enhanced CRB check before entry.
Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.
What makes this course special?
Our excellent reputation for quality Early Years training has been built up over the past 25 years. Our multi-disciplinary staff are well qualified and keep up-to-date with recent developments in Early Years practice through regular professional development. Tutorial support is offered together with appropriate level study skills and additional support if required.
We have been awarded Beacon status for our work in the integration of theory and practice through our partnership with the Early Years Centre
At our last OFSTED inspection the Section was rated as Grade 1, outstanding, with ‘excellent teaching and learning.’
It is a Sector Endorsed qualification, designed to enhance career prospects for those already working with young children. It provides an opportunity to develop professional understanding, knowledge and key skills whilst still working.
How will I be assessed?
The course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, guided learning, practical sessions and tutorials. you will complete assignments, presentations and projects throughout the programme. It is crucial that you have the support of your line manager, mentor and colleagues.
How long is the course?
The course is delivered full-time on one extended day each week for two years.
Please note this is a two year course and there will be additional fees in the second year.
Will this course lead to a qualification?
You will achieve a Foundation Degree in Early Years (Sector Endorsed) which is recognised as a Level 5 course on the National Qualifications framework and the Early Years framework.
What can I do on completion of this course?
Successful holders of the Foundation Degree will be awarded 240 credits.
You will also be eligible to continue your studies to obtain a related honours degree through Plymouth University. On achieving a full degree you will be able apply for a place to work towards Early Years Professional Status and/or progress onto a further year's post graduate study in order to gain qualified teacher status, subject to successful interview.
How much will it cost?
For international students starting in September 2013, the course fees are £7,000 per annum.
Please Note: This is a two year course and there will be additional fees in the second year.
Please click here for International Fees document.