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University Centre Peterborough

FdA Early Years and Education

UCAS Code: LXM3

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A minimum age of 18. GCSE(s) required: GCSE at grade C or above in English (or any other Level 2 English qualification), appropriate Level 3 Integrated Qualifications Framework (IQF) Qualification (CWDC) with current or recent experience in childcare. Qualifications consistent with the University’s normal matriculation requirements (i.e. if you are under 22, you will need to have two ‘A’ levels or equivalent other qualifications). Access to a suitable working environment involving children and young people. Commitment to study and work in the sector. A minimum of 400 hours working in a suitable children’s workforce environment (this is flexible and the breadth of students’ expertise/experience will be considered). Commitment to the work experience component. ICT competence sufficient to make effective use of word-processing and E-mail facilities. Access to ICT facilities at home and/or in the work place. Qualifications can also be evaluated for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Current DBS required.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Develop your understanding of working with young children, on this two-year foundation degree course. The course is a great option for existing Early Years practitioners or those who are looking at joining the sector, whilst working with children aged 0-8 years.

Expand your understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of working with children aged 0 to 8 years. The lectures and assessment tasks will enhance your knowledge and experience of the Early Years, through teaching and discussion on a wide range of topics; from child development and learning to international perspectives and professional practice.

Alongside lectures, you will learn on the job, through participating in placement activities. Therefore you are required to have a position (paid or voluntary) in an Early Years or Primary setting.

By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to work within and support, a variety of Early Years and Primary settings. Alongside this comes an increased understanding of relevant legislations and curricula, the importance of providing high-quality care and education to young children, and an awareness of how you can enhance young children’s experiences to support them in reaching their potential.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Modules

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

Play, Health and Wellbeing: The Reflective Practitioner Role (30 credits)
Practitioner Research of Children and Young People (15 credits)
Academic Skills in Education (15 credits)
Child Development and Learning (30 credits)
Work-based Research: Environment and Practice 1 (30 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 5)

Safeguarding and Risk Management of Children and Young People (30 credits)
International Perspectives of Child Learning (30 credits)
Inclusive Practice and Diversity in Learning (30 credits)
Work-based Research: Environment and Practice 2 (30 credits)
A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Assessment methods

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:
Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
50% Coursework
50% Practical Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
50% Coursework
50% Practical Exams
We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.
Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback. End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.
When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation degree. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5. The following classifications are determined by the above calculation: Distinction
70%+ Distinction
60-69% Merit
40-59% Pass
0-39% Fail
A student who has achieved FdA Early Years and Education may choose to apply for the level 6 BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up course as a new student in order to achieve a second qualification. On achievement of 120 credits at level 6, their final BA (Hons) degree classification will be by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 6 only.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£8,000
per year
England
£8,000
per year
EU
£8,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,000
per year
Scotland
£8,000
per year
Wales
£8,000
per year

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