FdA Early Years Care and Education at Stanmore College

Runs from 05/01/2018 to 06/07/2018.


Course Content

This foundation degree, delivered in partnership with the University of Portsmouth, allows you to gain professional recognition for your work in early years support via a university level qualification. The course is designed in direct response to the government’s increasing focus on early years learning, carries endorsement from the Early Years sector, and can lead into an honours degree programme. Over the two years of the course you will consider your practice and develop your knowledge in: • child development and learning • planning and organising the curriculum • working with others There will also be opportunities to improve personal skills related to your work-based setting and academic requirements.

The first year of study concentrates on practice related to working with children; we look at aspects of play and learning, planning the curriculum, managing individuals and groups as well as inclusion. We look at the impact of working with others through professional collaboration and safeguarding children, as well as working with parents. In the second year, we study the impact of ICT on children's learning and develop some research skills. This will enable you to conduct a small practitioner enquiry related to an area of practice that is of interest and relevance within the workplace. We develop further understanding of the child through exploring cognitive and psycho-social development and you will review your own practice and learning that has occurred over the two-year programme.

In the second year, we study the impact of ICT on children's learning and develop some research skills. This will enable you to conduct a small practitioner enquiry related to an area of practice that is of interest and relevance within the workplace.

The course will be delivered over a two year period, one day a week in College on a Tuesday. You will also be expected to spend a considerable amount of time on self-directed, independent study, included applying the content from each unit into practice within your workplace and reflecting on the impact and consequences, which will then form the basis of your future learning. • First year of delivery (level 4) and Second year of delivery (level 5) Each teaching day will be six hours in length to include five hours of direct teaching with two 30 minute time slots for individual tutorial support. We develop further understanding of the child through exploring cognitive and psycho-social development and you will review your own practice and learning that has occurred over the two-year programme.

The course is aimed at early years practitioners who are already working or volunteering in an early years setting. You will work with a range of professionals, and will ensure you always put children and their needs at the centre of all decisions. The satisfaction that comes with helping someone to realise their potential is highly rewarding and is the reason why so many people choose this profession.

Course Outcomes

Level 4 Certificates of Higher Education are awarded to students who have demonstrated: • knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with early years practice and an ability to evaluate and interpret these within the context of that area of study • an ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with basic theories and concepts of early years practice Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to: • evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to their area(s) of study and/or work • communicate the results of their study/work accurately and reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments • undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment And holders will have: • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility Level 5 Foundation Degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated: • knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of early years practice and of the way in which those principles have developed • ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles in an employment context • knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in early years practice and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field of study • an understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to: • use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis • effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively • undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations And holders will have: • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making

Progression

You will already be working within early years, on a paid or voluntary basis, when you begin this course. Your work-based learning will be developed and formalised in your studies with us. As you review your own practice and knowledge, you will enhance your prospects in this field, you may also wish to consider progression to an honours degree (a further one year of study at level 6).

Entry Requirements

A full level 3 childcare qualification GCSE English and maths at grade C or above OR Adult Literacy and Numeracy at level 2 Working or volunteering for at least 12 hours a week in an appropriate early years setting

Assessment

Coursework assessment takes a variety of different forms including case studies, reflective reports, essays, presentations and group work. You will be provided with clear assessment criteria for all your assignments and tutorial support to help you understand academic requirements.

Equipment

There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification, however If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text. General costs: We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.