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London Metropolitan University

Montessori Early Childhood Practice

UCAS Code: X311

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

two A Levels, one of which must be at least a grade C/grade 4 or above (combined 48 UCAS points or above) or an equivalent stand alone subject (CACHE Level 3 Certificate/Diploma, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, etc).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

UCAS Tariff

48

48 UCAS points or above.

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Early childhood studies

**Why study this course?**

This vocational course, delivered at Montessori Centre International (MCI) in central London, combines the expertise and international reputation of MCI with the best of London Metropolitan University's early childhood studies programme. You can choose to study on the Level 5 foundation degree (FdA) full-time over two years, or study a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education (HE Cert – either full-time over one year or part-time over two years). Both meet the current Early Years Educator requirements, which employers need. The Certificate of Higher Education is accredited by London Met but you should apply directly to Montessori Centre International. This course page is about the foundation degree, which you can apply to through London Met, though additional information about this course can be found on the Montessori website.

**More about this course**

The foundation degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice was developed to meet the demand in the workplace for well qualified Montessori early childhood specialists who can demonstrate high levels of professional competence, and apply knowledge and skills effectively in practice. It provides a foundation degree level qualification for the Montessori community.

The focus and context for the study of early childhood is the distinct philosophy and pedagogy of Montessori practice, and we aim to develop reflective practitioners who are forward thinking, responsive and ready to engage in contemporary early years discourse.

The Level 5 foundation degree is offered full-time over two years to new entrants. Full-time students attend MCI two or three days per week and are in professional placement in a Montessori setting two days per week.

If you have already studied with MCI and have either the former MCI International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy, or the current MCI Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – birth to seven (Early Years Educator), you are awarded university credits (APL) and gain direct entry to Year 2 (Level 5). Choose to study either full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. You will need to be based in a group setting for an additional two days per week.

The FdA provides a platform for students wishing to progress to the full Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) with scope to develop as graduate leaders and early years teachers.

Employability and work-based learning is a key aspect of the training. Students combine academic study with practical experience on assessed professional placements in Montessori settings. The vocational nature of the course fully meets the early years educator requirements and allows you to work as an early years practitioner with a Montessori specialism.

**What our students say**

“Doing the Montessori Foundation Course was the best thing I could have done. It gave me the foundations and philosophy of teaching and what I believe in, which has supported me through my early childhood studies degree and now my PGCE. I couldn’t have asked for a better early years training course and tutors. It truly was an amazing experience.”
Lucilla Critchley, FdA student

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4) topics include:

Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum 1 (30 credit)
Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum 2 (30 credit)
Perspectives on Children’s Development and Well-being (30 credit)
Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement 1 (30 credit)

Year 2 (Level 5) topics include:

Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in Early Childhood (30 credit)
Supporting Diversity in Early Childhood (30 credit)
Creative Thinking and Representation (15 credit)
Personal Social and Emotional Development (15 credit)
Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement (2) (30 credit)

Assessment methods

A range of assessments are used throughout the course to allow students to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding. This includes essays, child studies, reflective accounts, oral presentations and collecting evidence in portfolios, linking practical experience and theoretical understanding.

There is a strong emphasis through all assessments on the relationship between practical, work related tasks and theoretical perspectives – which is in itself an important practical professional skill.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,345
per year
England
£6,345
per year
EU
£6,345
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,345
per year
Scotland
£6,345
per year
Wales
£6,345
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Montessori Centre International

Department:

Health, Social Care and Early Childhood

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
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After graduation


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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
76%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

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