Who would benefit from this course and who is it aimed at?
The aim of the foundation degree is to provide a professional 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. It combines study with workplace learning. Students will make links between theory and practice, gain a deeper knowledge of how children learn and develop and explore aspects of social policy which affects children and their families.
This course caters for people who are already working in the field of early years and childcare to provide a professional development opportunity. Our course links current research and child development theory to professional practice and has well established relationships with local and regional employers.
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students have moved to a managerial positionin their workplace. They can also apply for a one year level 6 ‘Top-up’ to 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 further. For example, some students have pursued PGCE Primary qualification routes or EYTS.
A range of assessment methods are used from reports, academic posters, essays, presentations and portfolios. Typically each module has one form of assessment attached to it. The assessments have been carefully designed to support and develop your skills in independent thinking and learning and you will gain confidence to offer a point of view.
Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice
All candidates who are accepted for the programme will be expected to produce a current, valid, enhanced DBS certificate. If they do not hold one, then they will complete an application form which will be forwarded to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a check under the Disclosure of Criminal Background – Protection of Children Act by the college staff. There will be a charge for this.
Any trips will be any additional cost.
Year 1 is £8,200 and Year 2 is £6,995 (full-Time) *Subject to Office for Students registration.