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Langley College is delighted to announce its new partnership with the University of Reading to deliver its Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning. This is an exciting new venture for The Windsor Forest Colleges Group and this course replaces the Early Years and Primary Education Foundation Degrees that we have delivered to many students over the past 15 years. We have forged this partnership with the University of Reading so that we can deliver this long-established and well-respected undergraduate programme to provide local and early years and primary education practitioners with high quality teaching and learning in order to excel in their chosen career, whilst gaining a Level 5 qualification.

This is a work-based programme which is taught at college one day per week, so students do not need to become full-time students in order to gain their degree. We strongly believe that this course combines the best of two worlds: sharp academic focus alongside ongoing practical, real world experience so that students can translate their academic learning into the workplace.

If you are committed to personal and professional development, we believe that the Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning offers you a fantastic opportunity to embark on a journey towards gaining QTS or EYTS, or simply to develop your theoretical and academic skills to continue to provide the high quality teaching provision that our young children deserve.

The Foundation Degree is validated by the University of Reading, but is delivered here at our Langley College campus. Whilst the Foundation Degree is an undergraduate qualification in its own right, it also provides the springboard from which to top up to a full Honours Degree at the University of Reading, and ultimately achieve Qualified Teacher Status, or Early Years Teacher status, depending upon your specialism.

What do you need?

  • A relevant Level 3 qualification
  • A minimum of 2 years' relevant experience
  • Current employment as a teaching assistant in a primary school (for a minimum of 2.5 days a week)
  • Support of your school or setting
  • Someone to act as your mentor

How you are assessed

College sessions include lectures, as well as tutorials and seminars. The course also incorporates a great deal of group work, which will be an opportunity to share experiences with fellow professionals working in a range of settings. Subjects covered in the first year include theories of development and learning, child in society (1), professionalism and working in partnership with parents. Second year modules build on your learning in the first year, with additional modules such as creativity and critical thinking and two optional modules: either international perspectives or leadership in the children's workforce. In addition during the second year you will undertake practitioner research on a subject that you feel passionate about.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career by studying a Foundation Degree with a top-class University at our vibrant and supportive Langley campus, you can find out more and apply by clicking this link: https://www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/courses/health-caring-and-child-care/332-childcare-24159/5301-childrens-development-and-learning-foundation-degree.html

How Long?

This two-year course enables you to develop your academic skills and knowledge in order to progress in your career, whilst continuing to work in your early years setting or primary school class.

What course next?

Successful completion of the foundation degree (FdA) entitles you to progress onto a one-year programme in Practice Development leading to a B.A. Hons. With this degree and GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science, you will be able to apply for a one-year formal programme of initial teacher training such as a Post-graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

What could this lead to?

Progression pathways can lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

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Many students are entitled to a reduction in tuition fees on many of our courses, which can dramatically reduce the overall cost of the course. More information can be found on our course fee reductions page. Financial support, loans and instalment plans are also available to eligible students.

Contact us on 01753 793288 to check whether you might be eligible for a reduced fee.

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