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Foundation Degree (FD) Children’s Development & Learning

Subject Area
Early Years & Education
Start Date
September 2021
Study Mode
Full-time
Duration
2 Years
Fee
£7,200 per year
Entry Requirements
32 UCAS Tariff points or relevant experience - Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience will be considered.
Validating partner
The Open University

This course is aimed at practitioners who hold a relevant Level 3 qualification and have a minimum of two years vocational experience. It is aimed at those who are wanting to progress into a more supervisory role. Tutors on the Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning will work with you to ensure that you are able to develop the skills and competencies you need to progress in your chosen career. This is a specialist programme aimed at those working or seeking to work in roles associated with children aged 0 – 11 years in educational care settings and primary schools.

This course enables you to develop your knowledge alongside your practical skills. You will be working with peers of differing levels of experience giving you the opportunity to share good practice. You have the opportunity to work alongside gaining a higher-level qualification. You will work closely with the course tutors who will teach and guide you throughout the course. Attendance is 1 day per week.

UCAS Code:
49TB

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Modules
Level 4 Level 5
Academic Writing Children in Society
Legal and Professional Aspects Health and Well-being
Promoting Inclusive Practice Leadership and Management
Learning and Development Through Play Small-Scale Research Project
Professional Competence

Method of delivery

The teaching, learning and assessment methods are designed to enable progress through the programme levels. Group and individual tasks, lectures and workshops will develop your understanding of academic writing and reflective practice at Level 4 and 5 whilst developing your knowledge of learning and development with children aged 0 – 11 years. This course will be taught face-to-face.

Skills you will learn

Students will learn the following skills during their courses; ability to explore, discuss and analyse practice regarding theory, critically apply current theory, communication skills, recognise good practice, practical work-related learning activities, collaborative group work, organisational and time management skills and problem solving.

How will I be assessed?

This course has a variety of assessments, including presentations, written essay, reports, seminar papers and portfolios. These assessments will be linked to your setting.

Entry requirements

32 UCAS Tariff points or relevant experience - Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience will be considered.

Additional Costs

No additional costs are expected for this course, although students should have access to an internet enabled laptop or PC.

Your next steps

By studying child development, you will develop an understanding of the environmental factors that can affect children and their growth both physically and emotionally. With this powerful knowledge, you can progress to a more managerial or leadership role either within your organisation or in another childcare or educational setting.

Two students in class talking over notes

The FD Children’s Development & Learning course fits perfectly around my work schedule, going into College one afternoon/evening a week and being local to the area is an added bonus for me. I greatly appreciate our 1-1 tutorials to discuss our progress moving forwards, setting goals, and emerging knowledgeable practitioners. Our tutors this year have been very supportive and engaging and we have developed a lot, especially in our academic writing, research projects and presentation and seminar skills.

Jenny
Foundation Degree (FD) Children’s Development & Learning
Staff profiles:
Lyn Johnston MA, (BA Hons) MA

in Education has been a lecturer with the Early Years and Education team for 10 years. Lyn has previously worked in other colleges and has occupational experience working with young children.

Liza Bradley BA (Hons), PGCE

has been a lecturer with the Early Years and Education team for four years. Liza has experience in working in the field of childcare in a leadership role as she managed a private day nursery for many years prior to working at college. Liza has over 15 years vocational experience and completed her BA within the college environment alongside full time employment.

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