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Kingston University

Early Years Foundation Degree FdA

UCAS Code: X110

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


• Level 3 early years qualification (or equivalent). • Employment in an appropriate setting (either paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the course. • Normally two years' experience in an appropriate setting. The selection process involves interview at your chosen college, selection exercises and a current DBS check

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Early years teaching

**Reasons to choose Kingston**
– More than 99 per cent of students from this course are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DHLE 2016/17).
– You can learn while you earn, combining a minimum of 16 hours’ workplace learning with part-time study at a local college. Once you complete the course you’ll have 240 academic credits.
– Rather than written exams, you’ll be assessed through a variety of assignments.

**About this course**
This Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years (SEFDEY) approved course combines academic study with work-based learning.

It is run in collaboration with partner colleges across London and Surrey.

The course covers a wide range of critical and contemporary issues in the field of education and other related sectors. It explores international perspectives, child protection, communication theories and multi-professional practice. You’ll examine theoretical and practice-based knowledge to support approaches to working with children from birth to five years of age.

Modules

Foundation Year 1 Core:
Personal and Professional Development through Reflective Practice.
Child Development, Observation and Assessment.
Child Protection and Ethical Practices of Working with Children.

Foundation Year 1 Optional:
Inclusive Education and Interprofessional Perspectives.

Foundation Year 2 Core:
Historical and International Perspectives of Early Years Education.
Special Project.

Foundation Year 2 Optional:
Early Years Pedagogy and Practice.
Effective Communication Skills.

Assessment methods

Teaching includes lectures, work-based learning activities, presentations, tutorials, online learning, workshops and seminars. In addition you will be supported by a work-based professional advocate and tutors in your respective colleges.

Progress is measured by assignments, demonstration of professional competence in work-based situations, and practical demonstrations that apply the knowledge you have gained. There are no written exams.

The Uni


Course locations:

Newham Training and Education Centre (NEWTEC)

Kingston College

Whitefields Schools and Centre

South Thames College

North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT)

Richmond Upon Thames College

West Thames College

Kensington and Chelsea College

Brooklands College - Weybridge Campus

Department:

Department of Education

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
high
Early years teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

97%
Teaching and educational professionals
3%
Childcare and related personal services

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Early years teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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