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Havant and South Downs College

Early Years - Foundation Degree

UCAS Code: X310

Foundation Degree - FD

Entry requirements


An A Level programme

– Have a full Level 3 early years qualification (for example NVQ 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development, BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Level 3 Diploma in Children for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Early Years, CACHE DCE)

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

This foundation degree provides a broad perspective of working with children through early childhood up to eight years of age.

You will gain a sound understanding of the diverse contexts in which young children develop and learn. This course is delivered one day a week and aimed at those working in a variety of early settings. These include children’s centres, pre-schools, nurseries, children’s health services (such as speech and language therapy) and in social services early childhood centres.

**Why Choose this Course?**
This course allows you to explore aspects of Early Years and reflect on and develop your own personal practice. Students have access to excellent support and resources from both the College and the University of Chichester. Working in the sector alongside studying enables reflection and adds relevance to work.

**Structure**
This course will develop students’ skills in the study of childhood from psychological, historical, cultural, sociological, social policy and philosophical viewpoints. Delivered through a combination of taught sessions and employer-supported work-based learning, this programme is designed to support students’ development as an early years practitioner.

This intermediate level study can also provide headway towards gaining a full degree in Early Childhood Studies, becoming an early years’ teacher or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course feeds into the BA top-up in Early Childhood which is also offered at HSDC.

Students on this course are expected to attend one day a week at College, alongside working in the sector. You will study a range of modules each year including:

Year One:
– Developing Academic Skills
– Child Development
– Reflective Practice in Early Years Provision
– Play, Provision and Pedagogy
– Safeguarding Children
– Working in Partnership with the Child’s Family

Year Two:
– Research Methods
– Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care
– Understanding Children’s Behaviour
– Health and Well-being of Young Children
– Researching Early Years
– International Perspectives of Childhood
– Inspiring Curriculum

**Teaching and Learning**
This is a two year programme which is delivered on one day per week. It has a practical, vocational focus to the study of Early Years working and provides grounding in social science perspectives to inform practice.

The course is delivered partly through taught sessions and partly through employer- supported work-based learning. Students are taught in small groups and there is individual tutorial support to assist with the planning and checking of coursework.

**Assessment**
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, reports, observations and poster presentations. You will be supported throughout and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during the course.

**Industry Links**
This course explores theories around different patterns of working in Early Years and makes links to excellent practice. Students work in a variety of different
settings including schools, childminders or schools alongside studying and different approaches are compared and analysed.
**Progression**
This course leads to the BA top-up in Early Childhood which can lead to PGCE or Schools Direct routes into Primary Teaching. However, this qualification can
lead to Management in the Early Years Sector or further qualifications leading to, for example, Speech Therapy, Play Therapy or Social Work. Careers Guidance is available for you to consider your options.

**About Us**
Our campus has a range of modern facilities to enhance students learning experience including music recording studios, gym facilities, a nursery, to our own working restaurant and beauty salon and much more. There are frequent buses from the surrounding areas and local train stations in Havant and Cosham. Located off Junction 4 of the A3(M), the College has extensive free onsite parking.

Modules

Year One:
– Developing Academic Skills
– Child Development
– Reflective Practice in Early Years Provision
– Play, Provision and Pedagogy
– Safeguarding Children
– Working in Partnership with the Child’s Family

Year Two:
– Research Methods
– Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care
– Understanding Children’s Behaviour
– Health and Well-being of Young Children
– Researching Early Years
– International Perspectives of Childhood
– Inspiring Curriculum

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, reports, observations and poster presentations. You will be supported throughout and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during the course.

Tuition fees

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£4,795
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£4,795
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,795
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Scotland
£4,795
per year
Wales
£4,795
per year

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Course location:

South Downs Campus

Department:

Health and Social Care

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