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Childhood Studies Care and Education

Yeovil College University Centre

UCAS Code: 51LK | Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


Equivalent to at least 48 UCAS Tariff points, from at least 2 A levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:0,M:0

Access to HE in an associated subject accepted

Full diploma, achieving at least 24 points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Equivalent to 48 UCAS Tariff points or above.

UCAS Tariff

48

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Early years education

This course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to support your continued development in the Childhood Sector. It is suitable for those working in Early years or Primary School provision to further develop skills to Level 5. The full-time route is taught over one day per week and takes two years to complete. The programme is also available as part time; please contact the Yeovil College University Centre on [email protected]

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team lecturers both have industry experience alongside guest speakers providing an added layer of expertise.

If you already hold 240 CATS points at Level 5 (eg. FdA, HND) in an associated subject, or equivalent, please apply for the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies Care and Education programme which is one year full time, or two years part time.

Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) develops skills to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of well-established theories, concepts and historical origins of theory. To be able to take responsibility for personal and professional development using reflection and feedback to analyse own capabilities and be able to implement actions of improvement.

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students) begins the process of being able to work appropriately with a variety of interdisciplinary groups and teams, showing a critical insight in leadership and management skills. Also to be able to consistently employ appropriate pedagogical and andragogical approaches to achieve the best outcomes when working with children, professionals, colleagues, parents and carers. The course operates on a fixed modular basis.

Most modules count for 15 academic credits although some are double weighted and count for 30 credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the Foundation Degree (FdA) as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5; these are Pass, Merit and Distinction awards. The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September and each year finishes in June.

**Work Experience and Placement**
A current role within an Early Years, Education or Family Support setting of 15 hours per week is strongly recommended

**After the Course**
On successful completion of the course you will obtain a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Childhood Studies, Care and Education awarded by the University of Gloucestershire. You will also be able to progress onto the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, Care and Education Level 6 top up programme.

Modules

You are taught through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, visiting speakers and more practical activities. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. The modules will be taught on one day a week full time. You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about modules and who is teaching them in our module handbook and in our module guides.

The modules available on the course are as follows and each module is worth a specified number of credits:

Level 4 (full-time year 1)
Theories of Thinking and Learning - 15 Credits
Documenting Children’s Learning - 15 Credits
The Promotion of Personal, Social and Emotional Development through Positive Interactions - 15 Credits
Understanding Curriculum Development - 30 Credits
Child Development and the Life Course - 15 Credits
Personal Academic Development - 30 Credits

Level 5 (full-time year 2)
Safeguarding - 15 Credits
Introduction to Research - 15 Credits
SEND - 30 Credits
Curriculum in Practice - 30 Credits
Leadership and Management - 15 Credits
Working with Parents - 15 Credits

Assessment methods

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that each module requires. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Each module has its own assignment brief and assessment method, this maybe set as an essay, report, seminar, presentation or academic poster and counts as your mark for that module. Assessment for this FdA is 100% coursework; your Level 5 grades will determine your final grade. You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment). Note: You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all modules (Level 4 and 5), all Level 4 modules must be passed as a prerequisite, before progression to Level 5 modules.

Tuition fees

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England
£7,285
per year
EU
£7,285
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,285
per year
Scotland
£7,285
per year
Wales
£7,285
per year

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Course location:

Yeovil College University Centre

Department:

Education and Teacher Training

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