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What's covered?

This course is for anyone who works with children and young people from 0-25 years (working in Children's Centres, secondary school support staff, extended schools, health and social care and local authority practitioners and advisory staff) and wants to improve their skills and knowledge while staying in their current job. Foundation Degrees (FdA) are particularly appropriate if you are returning to learning after a break or have not gained your qualifications through the traditional school-based route.

The course does not qualify you to teach (QTS), or confer the title of Early Years Professional, but is a 'stepping-stone' towards this status. This Foundation Degree is validated by the University of West London. Successful completion allows you to 'top-up' your qualification to a full BA Hons degree at one of our local universities: Bucks New University and the University of West London.

Modules for Year 1 - Level 4

  • Search Skills for Higher Education - Using Evidence
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Policy, Perspective and Practice (incl. SEN)
  • Learning Research and Theory
  • Developing the Role of the Reflective Practitioner (incl. Behaviour Management)

Modules for Year 2 - Level 5

  • Leadership and Management
  • The Child, Family and Society
  • Children and Young People's Health
  • Communication in a Multilingual Society
  • Reflective Practice and Project

What do you need?

  • A relevant Level 3 qualification
  • A minimum of two years' relevant experience
  • Current employment in an appropriate setting (for a minimum of two days a week)
  • Support of your school or setting
  • Someone to act as your mentor

How you are assessed

Your work will be assessed through presentations, reports, essays and a reflective essay, projects, a project diary, a portfolio and one online test.

How Long?

2 Years

What course next?

Successful completion of the foundation degree opens up a number of alternatives to you. You can 'top-up' your qualification to a full BA Hons degree at one of our local universities: Bucks New University and the University of West London.

What could this lead to?

Progression pathways can lead to Early Years Professional or Qualified Teacher Status.

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