Foundation Degree Early Years (Awarded by Birmingham City University)

This course is a Level 5 qualification awarded by Birmingham City University (BCU) but taught at South and City College Birmingham Digbeth Campus. The Foundation Degree in Early Years aims to develop the skills and knowledge for you to develop your professional practice and support your career aspirations within the early year’s sector. The foundation degree is a recognised qualification in the sector and can also be a steppingstone to higher level and degree studies. This course will give you a thorough understanding of the early year’s sector and your role as a practitioner providing you with both theoretical and practical skills. The course is carefully designed to offer appropriate skills and knowledge relating to professional practice, and the application of work-based experience. It also focuses on your self-development and independent learning, as well as teamwork and your ability to manage others. This course is run on a full-time and part-time basis. Skills and knowledge acquired from your modules combine to give you a thorough appreciation of a child’s social and emotional development, covering issues of language, literacy and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, and physical and creative development.
Subject:Health & Care
Duration:2 Year(s)
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About the course

Teaching and Learning: It is intended that, through this course, you will develop your critical, analytical and thinking skills sufficiently to become an independent reflective learner. You will also gain skills to work in teams in order to prepare you for the role of an effective Early Years practitioner. Early Years is a fast-growing sector and, as new developments and research in the field of Early Years Education emerge, you will have the opportunity to consider and evaluate the implications for policy, provision and practice. Your placement is core to succeeding on the course as all assessments are linked to you working with children in the Early Years sector. A range of approaches to learning and teaching will be adopted across the individual modules which comprise the course, to provide a stimulating and challenging learning experience. Flexible approaches will be used to ensure achievement of specific module outcomes and to facilitate the different learning styles and needs of students. Attain (see below) will be utilised for engagement in forums, tasks and completing a Mahara page of evidence from your professional practice. You will be expected to carry out further research and wider reading outside taught sessions. Effective learning in taught sessions will involve you engaging in a variety of interactive tasks. There will be opportunities for you to work independently during taught sessions and you may be asked to carry out individual directed tasks which contribute to later seminar sessions. At times you will be expected to work with a small group of your colleagues to prepare and present items in subsequent sessions. Assessments: Both formative and summative assessments will take place for each module. Placement and professional practice within an early years setting will also play and important role in helping you complete the assignments set. Examples of assessment include:
• Observations and interpretation of children’s activit

The course aims to develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the early years sector through the study of 120 credits per academic year (full-time route) or 80 credits per academic year (part-time route) with a total credit value of 240 credits (equivalent to the first 2 years of an honours degree). The modules you will be taught through the course of your study: Year 1 (Level 4):
• An introduction to professional practice (40 Credits)
• Safeguarding children’s well-being (20 Credits)
• Early Years curriculum (20 Credits)
• Learning through play (20 Credits)
• Observing children’s holistic development (20 Credits) Year 2 (Level 5):
• A development of professional practice (40 Credits)
• Early years research as a driver for change (20 Credits)
• Promoting inclusion and parental partnership (20 Credits)
• Fostering children’s mental health and wellbeing (20 Credits)
• Social construct of the child (20 Credits) The overall qualification will be graded at Pass, Good Pass, Commendation or Distinction depending on unit achievements. Year 1 (Level 4):
• An introduction to professional practice (40 Credits) This module aims to introduce and reinforce study and transferable skills required in order to successfully complete a Foundation Degree in Early Years. Learners will be required to reflect on personal and professional targets, and plan effective strategies in order to improve their performance in the Early Years sector
• Safeguarding children’s well-being (20 Credits) Safeguarding children in the setting is core to the role of the Early Years practitioner. This module aims to inform learners of their key responsibilities and what to do if they have concerns about a child. This module will embed the most current core legislations related to working with children, their parents and/or carers and working as part to the larger team.
• Early Years curricula (20 Credits) This module will consider

What do I need?

You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences. You will need at least one of the following:
• 48 UCAS tariff points
• An appropriate Level 3 qualification, for example a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Early Years, NVQ, CACHE Diploma, or Advanced Apprenticeship
• Access to HE qualification It is essential to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs in English language and Maths at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C) at the point of enrolment. Alternatively, we can accept a Level 2 Function Skills qualification for Maths All students must have a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. It is the learners' responsibility to ensure this is in place before the start of the course. Applications must be made through UCAS using the Birmingham City University code (B25). To find out more about UCAS points, please visit Click here

Where can I progress next?

You can progress onto the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies here at the college or alternatively you can also apply for the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies with Birmingham City University to gain a full degree. You may also seek an unqualified teaching post under the Registered Teacher Programme, or go into employment within an early years setting.

Foundation Degree Early Years (Awarded by Birmingham City University)
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Foundation Degree Early Years (Awarded by Birmingham City University)
Digbeth Campus
Start date:
16 September 2024
Study mode:
Full Time
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