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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 & Social Care and Local Authority Practitioners and Advisory staff) and wants to improve their skills and knowledge whilst staying in their current job.

Foundation Degrees (FdA) are particularly appropriate for students considering returning to learning after a break or those who have not gained their 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.

You will study at the Langley campus of The Windsor Forest Colleges Group all day Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm. This Foundation Degree is validated by the University of West London.

What you will study: Modules for Year 1 - Level 4

  • Search Skills for Higher Education - Using Evidence
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Policy, Perspective and Practice
  • Learning Research and Theory
  • Developing the Role of the Reflective Practitioner

Modules for Year 2 - Level 5

  • Leadership & 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 2 years' relevant experience
  • Current employment in an appropriate setting (for a minimum of 2 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?

The duration of this course is 2 years.

What course next?

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree here in Langley, opens up a number of alternatives to you. You will have a priority place on the year-long top-up to a full BA (Hons) (based on 1 day's attendance each week here at Langley) to gain the BA(Hons) in Working in Integrated Services for Children and Young People, through the University of West London. Or, you can apply for a 'top-up' at another university of your choice.

What could this lead to?

Examples of progression pathways can lead to Early Years Professional or Qualified Teacher Status; Applying for access to starting a career in social services; applying for a career with the local authority, or a career in the wider services related to working with children and young people.

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