Foundation Degree in Children's Development & Learning Year 1

Foundation Degree in Children's Development & Learning Year 1

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You cannot enrol online for this course as it requires an interview to assess suitability. To find out more and to apply please contact our Enquiries and Admissions team on 01344 868600 or email


START DATE: 27/09/2018

WHEN: We at: 13:30-20:00


COURSE FEE: £4,625.00


CENTRE: Church Road Centre

The foundation degree is designed for those working in any type of early years or primary setting, either private, voluntary, independent (PVI) or local authority (LA) with preferrably 2 years relevant practice experience. Applicants require GCSE English Language at Grade C or above. It is a 2 year programme validated by the University of Reading who offer the third year top up to a full honours BA. The course takes place on one afternoon through to the evening weekly. The focus is on skills and their application in the workplace, underpinned by academic knowledge and understanding. The fee is for the first year of the course only.

It can be a route into teaching after achieving the BA and you can either follow the School Direct route where you would be working in a school and attend University for certain days or you can do a PGCE in Early Years/Primary. It can also lead to the post graduate EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status) for those working in a private, voluntary or independent setting.


Experience / Qualifications required

You must be working at least 2.5 days a week in a relevant setting, and are norlammy expected to have obtained an NQF Level 3 qualification in a work related area or equivalent and Grade C(4) or above in both English and Maths GCSE or Level 2 equivalent, plus at least 2 years experience (which may include voluntary work and/or a placement completed as part of a vocational qualification) of working directly with children within the Children's Workforce, for example, in a registered early years setting, or in a school as a teaching assistant. All candidates will be invited for interview as part of the application process. Any candidate who does not fully meet the entry criteria (e.g. does not have Maths/English GCSE, Grade C(4) or equivalent, a Level 3 qualification, or the specified amount of full-time work experience, but may have significant part-time work placement and/or volunteering expereience and be able to demonstrate their ability to produce written work that meets the required level) is invited to submit their application, which will be considered on a case by case basis.

Area of study

Includes academic skills, Effective Communication, Theories of Development and Learning, Learning Spaces, Child in Society, Positive Partnership with Parents and Professionalism in the Children's Workforce

Progression on completion

Year Two

Teaching method

Modules will include those covering theories of learning and development, sustaining positive and enabling learning environments, communication (adults and children), looking at the child in society (including international perspectives), the importance of working in partnership with parents.

For more information

Contact Course Manager - Sue Greenstreet or Application Administration - Carol Frost on 01344 766339 or 01344 766407 or or

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