The aim of the foundation degree is to provide a professional development opportunity and a progression route to becoming a graduate. It is designed for people already working in the field of early years who already hold a level 3 qualification and have some post qualifying experience. The course links research and child development theory to professional practice and has well established relationships with local and regional employers.
64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading) in English, a Maths GCSE is preferable (If a student wishes to pursue onto post graduate study in teaching, maths and science will be required)
You should have at least one year post level 3 experience of working with children and currently be working for a minimum of 2 days per week in an appropriate setting. This can be paid or voluntary.
You will also need a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate that has been issued within 12 months of the start of the course. You can apply for one at enrolment, for a fee, if necessary.
o The Enabling Practitioner in the 21st Century
o The Reflective Student
o Learning and Development
o Working Together
o Pioneers and Pedagogies
o Effective Teamwork
o The Critically Reflective Student
o Safeguarding in Practice
o Leadership and Management
o Research Theory and Practice
o Positive Relationships
o Practitioners as Play Partners
Course Potential Careers
On successful completion of level 5, students may apply for a one-year top-up on the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies at Stockport College, which is also awarded by Sheffield Hallam University. The majority of students choose this option to enhance their career progression opportunities. Some students have pursued PGCE Primary qualification routes or EYTS training.