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Heart of Worcestershire College

Early Years (0-8)

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Foundation Degree - FD

Entry requirements

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32 UCAS points to include: a minimum of 1 A Level or Level 3 qualification; for example the CACHE Diploma or EdExcel BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

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Part-time | 2021


Early childhood studies

Are you passionate about the quality of education and care children receive? Do you aspire to have a positive impact on the quality of provision? Are you looking for an alternative route into teaching or to work with children and families? Then our Foundation Degree in Early Years will enable you to develop your personal and professional qualities to further your career in early years. Throughout the course you will cover modules in Child Development, Children as Learners, The Early Years Curriculum, Child Protection and other relevant areas of study. This course requires you to work in an Ofsted approved setting, either as an employee or volunteer for at least seven hours per week, while attending college for one day per week. This course is validated by the University of Worcester and Early Years Sector Endorsed.


Year 1 and 2 - 1500 and 2500 Practice Based Learning. Year 1 - 1501 Understanding Children’s Development and Learning, 1502 Supporting Learning and Development in Practice and 1503 Protecting and Safeguarding: Working Together for the Child. Year 2 - 1504 Working Together to Develop Positive Learning Environments, 2501 Investigating Key Features of Quality Enhancement in Education and Care and 2502 Evaluating and Developing the Curriculum for Young Children. Year 3 - 2503 Reflecting, Learning and Responding: Practice and Self and 2504 Practice/ Work-based Enquiry: Improving Quality in Early Years Settings.

Assessment methods

You will complete a range of course work, including case studies, presentations, essay, reflective practice tasks, portfolios and work-based learning. There are no formal examinations. The team are highly qualified with full Honours Degrees or Masters in Education.
Other qualifications include QTLS , PGCE, a qualified head teacher (NPQH). All staff are experienced practitioners in the childcare industry in both pre-school and school environments. They are therefore able to offer clear insights into day to day practice which supports the
theory, both of which are necessary to study at this level. Specialist areas of additional qualifications: English, play-work, early years,
school Based Practice. The FDEY will qualify you for a range of careers in the early years sector, including day nurseries, family support work, children’s centres and enable you to progress towards nursery management. With further qualifications you can enter Primary Teacher Training. You can progress from the FDEY to a BA (Hons) Top-Up degree in Integrated Working with Children and Families (Level 6) at the University of Worcester, or a similar degree at a university. After gaining Level 6, you can then apply for teacher training on a one-year PGCE course. An alternative university course is the Early Years Teacher Status: Level 6. NB: PGCE and EYTS courses require GCSE English, maths and Science at C grade (grade 4).

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Heart of Worcestershire College is offering HE Boost Awards of up to £1500 to all first year full time HE students and £750 for part time . The funding will paid as 3 equal instalments at the end of October, January and May. If you are applying for your first year of your first Higher Education course and have “Firmly” accepted an offer of a place on a HE programme at Heart of Worcestershire College as your first choice (not insurance) you may be eligible. To be eligible you must meet the national criteria: • Normally resident in England • Have a household income of less than £25,000 (as assessed through Student Finance England) • Self funding, not sponsored by an employer, the NHS nor the Training and Development Agency for Schools. Please note that due to the limited nature of these funds meeting the criteria does not equate to an entitlement to the Boost award. Each application will be considered by the panel of senior staff based on the information provided.

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