Foundation Degree in Early Years Services Level 5

The Foundation Degree in Early Years Services offers students an excellent grounding in supporting children in early years, education and the wider community. This foundation degree is designed to offer you appropriate education and training as a professional currently working within early years/education workforce but who does not hold a qualification at degree level.

The course is suitable for anyone working in a related industry as the course is focused on the support services around children, including primary education.

An example of the course units are; 
Year 1
1. Child Development
2. The Reflective Practitioner
3. Safeguarding
4. Role of Play
5. Recognition of Prior Learning -1
6. Recognition of Prior Learning - 2

Year 2
1. Developing Knowledge and Understanding
2. Language and Literacy
3. Children, Family and Society
4. Leading Practice and Critical Thinking

Year 3
1. Families and Communities in Context
2. Research Methods

The course is part time and is studied over 2.5 years, two evenings a week.

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Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Early Years Services can lead to career progression in a range of areas. Potential future job roles include; safeguarding officer, outreach worker, centre manager, behavioural support worker, nurture leader.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are; 1. Students must be employed or have experience for one/two years of working with children and families, or in a long term voluntary placement 2. Hold a level three qualification (eg. NVQ level three, NNEB diploma, BTEC National Diploma, Diploma in Child Care and Education) Mature students who do not fulfil the entry requirements will be considered for this course on an individual basis.

Additional Details

Work is assessed continually on an ongoing basis through the completion of assignment tasks. Deadlines for these assessments will be set at the beginning of each year. Typical methods of assessment include coursework, assignments and presentations.

When you apply to the college you will be invited for an interview to discuss the course and your career ambitions. Although most of the course will be delivered from the Telford College campus some modules may be delivered from the University Centre Telford where there is a small charge for parking. Tuition fees for this course are £4,110 (part time) for each of the first two years of study and £2,055 for the final year. Funding is available to support with the cost of this course and in some cases living expenses. Please see the Fee Information link for further advice and guidance relating to tuition fees and funding.

After the course

Upon completion of the Foundation Degree in Early Years Services you can seek a top-up degree at university. There is a progression route to level 6 with University of Wolverhampton studying BA(Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disability, Inclusion and Childhood and Family Studies at University Centre Telford. There are also other possible routes to QTS after the completion of your BA Honours degree: a PGCE or the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. Many alumni have pursued careers in education, while others have chosen alternatives to teaching, including social work, mentoring and advocacy posts, which are all available after your degree.

Foundation Degree in Early Years Services Level 5

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