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Course overview

Studied at NSCG Stafford College, the Foundation Degree in Education (Early Childhood Studies) course is taught by experienced industry professionals and will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the development and holistic nature of learning and supporting within the early years through work-based/college learning. The course will allow you to develop personal and transferable skills and enable you to make an immediate contribution within your working life. This will be achieved by studying a range of modules over the course.

You will attend college one session per week; this is likely to be one afternoon or one evening. In addition, you will be required to undertake some study outside the classroom and attend occasional tutorials at times to fit around work commitments. In the third year the course will finish towards Easter.

Over the two and a half years, you will study specialist units that could include:
Level 4
Personal and professional development
Learning and holistic hevelopment
Safeguarding and developing educational practice
Supporting learning and inclusion

Level 5
Professionalism and career development - ECS focus
Planning for learning
Working with young children - guided research in Early Childhood Studies
Leadership and team working

What else do I need to know?

Please note there may be additional costs for books, materials or other expenses. Applicants will need to be working/volunteering within the early years sector and a statement of support and commitment from the employer/mentor must be provided, which indicates the applicant’s potential to access and fulfil the full range of roles and responsibilities. Applicants should have undergone an enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service in respect of your current role.

*The course fee is £4,960 in years 1 and 2 and £2,480 in year 3.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a current and valid Level 3 early years/child care qualification (i.e. BTEC National Diploma in Early Years or Childhood Studies, CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education, Diploma in Nursery Nursing or Nursery Nursing Examination Board or NVQ Level 3 Early Years, or similar). A Levels may be considered alongside industry experience.
Applicants must be employed (paid or voluntary) for at least 4 hours a week in an educational setting.
GCSE qualifications in English and maths or demonstration of a Level 2 competence.
All students will be interviewed and assessed individually.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed mainly through course work; which is presented in a variety of styles which include essays, reports, presentations, and evaluated activity plans. You will be expected to relate your learning to your practice whenever possible. Work-based reflection and development forms a major part of the overall course content and assessment. Throughout the course, you will therefore engage in:
•Work-based tasks
•Creation of resources to support learning
•Reflection on organisational practice and practice of professionals
•Wider understanding of sector practice
•Work placement research.

What financial support is on offer?

You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or Higher Education Loan to help with the costs of your course if you are 19 or older and the course you are studying is an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course.

What can I do next?

After successful completion of your foundation degree you will receive a graduation ceremony and could progress onto a ‘top-up’ degree in a related subject to achieve the full BA (Hons) at the university or directly to a higher level within your career such as a leader, a learning support practitioner or manager.

How do I find out more?

Please contact Amanda Garside if you have any queries or would like further information:

Care, Community & Education

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