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Foundation Degree in Education (Early Childhood Studies) FdA

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  • Is this course for you?

    If you work or volunteer in an early years setting and would like to further your career and knowledge; or if you are currently completing a level 3 in early years and would like to continue learning, then a Foundation Degree in Education (Early Childhood Studies) is the course for you.

    The course runs over two and a half years at Lichfield College one evening per week and covers Levels 4 & 5. The qualification is awarded by Staffordshire University who offer a Top-up year in Education or Early Years for those who are aiming to achieve a full BA. The Foundation Degree allows you to develop and engage in personal development and progression in aspects such as confidence and team collaboration, in a learning environment that encourages self-expression and professional bonding through research tasks, group discussions, debating and friendships that lay a foundation for holistic learning and growth.

    This course is based at Lichfield College

    Use the button above to apply for this course directly through Staffordshire University.

  • Required qualifications
    • A full Level 2 qualification in English and maths
    • A Level 3 qualification in early years (or a closely related subject)
    • Disclosure and barring service check
    • A minimum of 4 hours voluntary or paid work within a setting working with children within the EYFS (a confirmation letter is requested)
  • What skills will I develop?

    Through classroom delivery, group work, online, practical, workshops, one to one support, research, reflection, you will study a range of topics.

    Year 1:

    • Personal and professional development – 20 credits
    • Supporting learning and inclusion – 20 credits
    • Learning and holistic development – 40 credits
    • Safeguarding & developing educational practice – 40 credits


    Year 2:

    • Leadership & team-working – 20 credits
    • Professionalism and Career Development – 20 credits
    • Planning for Learning – 40 credits
    • Working with Young Children (Guided Research in Early Years) – 40 credits
  • Careers

    Through completing the course students have gone onto take a variety of new career and study roles. Many of our students go onto the top up courses in early years or education and are planning to become primary teachers. Other have used their new knowledge and skills to take up training and assessing roles within early years. For some it has contributed to their progression into management roles in the sector.

    Here are some of the jobs students have taken up after studying with us on this course

    Primary school teacher

    Early years teacher

    Early years manager

    Early years practitioner

    Teaching assistant

    Play worker

    Child psychologist

    Play therapist

    Education welfare roles

  • Work experience

    It is mandatory that you are in a placement or workplace, which delivers the EYFS, for a minimum of four hours per week.

  • English and maths

    It will be important for you to keep developing maths and English skills throughout the course. There will be many opportunities to develop writing and communication skills within the work. Maths will also play a part in your studies and will be vital when you progress to other levels and careers. For primary and early years teaching you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science by the time you go onto your PGCE.

  • Other important information

    Applications

    This qualification is awarded by Staffordshire University. To apply please use the link below which will take you to the Staffordshire University course page and application link: www.staffs.ac.uk/course/education-early-childhood-studies-fda-ussl

    Finance 

    You can borrow the cost of the course from Student Finance England. Visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance to register and apply once you have been accepted on the course.

    Fees

    • Year 1 – £3,015
    • Year 2 – £3,015
    • Year 3 – £2,010
    • Total fee = £8,040
  • Is this course for you?

    If you work or volunteer in an early years setting and would like to further your career and knowledge; or if you are currently completing a level 3 in early years and would like to continue learning, then a Foundation Degree in Education (Early Childhood Studies) is the course for you.

    The course runs over two and a half years at Lichfield College one evening per week and covers Levels 4 & 5. The qualification is awarded by Staffordshire University who offer a Top-up year in Education or Early Years for those who are aiming to achieve a full BA. The Foundation Degree allows you to develop and engage in personal development and progression in aspects such as confidence and team collaboration, in a learning environment that encourages self-expression and professional bonding through research tasks, group discussions, debating and friendships that lay a foundation for holistic learning and growth.

    This course is based at Lichfield College

    Use the button above to apply for this course directly through Staffordshire University.

  • Required qualifications

    • A full Level 2 qualification in English and maths
    • A Level 3 qualification in early years (or a closely related subject)
    • Disclosure and barring service check
    • A minimum of 4 hours voluntary or paid work within a setting working with children within the EYFS (a confirmation letter is requested)
  • What skills will I develop?

    Through classroom delivery, group work, online, practical, workshops, one to one support, research, reflection, you will study a range of topics.

    Year 1:

    • Personal and professional development – 20 credits
    • Supporting learning and inclusion – 20 credits
    • Learning and holistic development – 40 credits
    • Safeguarding & developing educational practice – 40 credits


    Year 2:

    • Leadership & team-working – 20 credits
    • Professionalism and Career Development – 20 credits
    • Planning for Learning – 40 credits
    • Working with Young Children (Guided Research in Early Years) – 40 credits
  • Careers

    Through completing the course students have gone onto take a variety of new career and study roles. Many of our students go onto the top up courses in early years or education and are planning to become primary teachers. Other have used their new knowledge and skills to take up training and assessing roles within early years. For some it has contributed to their progression into management roles in the sector.

    Here are some of the jobs students have taken up after studying with us on this course

    Primary school teacher

    Early years teacher

    Early years manager

    Early years practitioner

    Teaching assistant

    Play worker

    Child psychologist

    Play therapist

    Education welfare roles

  • Work experience

    It is mandatory that you are in a placement or workplace, which delivers the EYFS, for a minimum of four hours per week.

  • English and maths

    It will be important for you to keep developing maths and English skills throughout the course. There will be many opportunities to develop writing and communication skills within the work. Maths will also play a part in your studies and will be vital when you progress to other levels and careers. For primary and early years teaching you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science by the time you go onto your PGCE.

  • Other important information

    Applications

    This qualification is awarded by Staffordshire University. To apply please use the link below which will take you to the Staffordshire University course page and application link: www.staffs.ac.uk/course/education-early-childhood-studies-fda-ussl

    Finance 

    You can borrow the cost of the course from Student Finance England. Visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance to register and apply once you have been accepted on the course.

    Fees

    • Year 1 – £3,015
    • Year 2 – £3,015
    • Year 3 – £2,010
    • Total fee = £8,040