Early Childhood Studies - Foundation Degree
Course Code: SM1HE105
UCAS Code: L520
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This course embraces those already working in the early childhood sector and wish to advance in the field to a senior practitioner or leadership position in the industry.
Unlike many universities we embed work experience in to the programme. Our undergraduates benefit from extensive relationships with major employers and build up their own contacts from day one of their course spending around six hours per week working in either paid or voluntary positions. We have a large work placement team who organise these opportunities for our students and ensure they are as close to home as possible. We believe this sets our graduates apart from others in the sector and results in near 100% graduate employability on completion of the foundation degree and honours degrees.
Throughout the programme, you will develop a sound understanding of the principles underpinning the role of a senior practitioner and learn different approaches to solving problems at work. The wider social, political and economic issues related to the early years sector are also covered while in the top-up year, the focus is on the development of higher supervisory level skills.
A minimum of 64 UCAS points or an equivalent in a level three qualification in early years. You will be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) within an early years setting whilst on course and thereafter for a minimum of 256 hours each year (average 8 hours per week over 32 weeks). You will also be required to supply a letter of support from your employer at enrolment.
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
Whilst lectures, seminars and practical workshops feature strongly in the teaching and learning strategy, we will be making considerable use of alternative methods of delivery and study, particularly online options such as tutor and self-assessment revision tests and formative exercises, power-point and other software-based lecture material, learning portals and hyper-linked resource-materials.
It is the paid or voluntary work experience that sets our degrees apart from other colleges and universities; this real life professional practice is embedded within the learning experience and is constantly referenced in assignments and lecturer-led activities. Other work-referenced learning activities sit alongside traditional lectures and include; live and online projects, presentations, workshops and facilitated student discussion.
This course is a two year course which consist of 12 hours class contact time over 64 weeks. There is also a requirement to undertake work placement paid of voluntary for a minimum of one day per week. The remaining hours are provided for independent study to complete course work and assessments.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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