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Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (FdA)


Why study this course?

This course will provide you with the skills and ability to demonstrate
professional competence and leadership within the Early Years sector.
The course allows you to remain in your childcare employment while
you continue to study, enabling you to relate theory to practice and
reflect on your learning throughout the course.

You will be tutored by lecturers with a range of experience, including
those who have worked with children and young people across the
sector both in education and care settings. Our lecturers also draw
upon experience of managing both physical and cognitive disability
and supporting children, young people and families to engage with
a broad range of structures and supports within an ever changing
society. We currently also have our very own Paralympic Gold Medal
winning coach as part of our curriculum team. The breadth and
depth of knowledge and skills available will support you to achieve
your true potential.

What will I study?

During this course you will have the option to study a range of units
such as: introduction to higher education study; developing learning;
the importance of play (work-based learning); developing English
and maths; developing professional practice (work-based learning);
inclusive practice for all young children; the child, the family and the
community and reflections on practice.

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to a third
year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to
achieve a Applied Early Years Studies BA (Hons) degree.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by a variety of methods including written
assignments, presentations, research projects and reflective journals.
You will develop the skills of reflective practice and the writing of
a reflective journal, and commitment to personal and professional
development is a requirement of this Foundation Degree.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

You will have a minimum of 3 hours contact time per week (during the academic year) with your unit tutor and peer group in class. This will run once a week in the evening at Tresham. As the course progresses, there will be additional work to complete using the virtual learning environment, you must therefore have access to a PC, printer and the internet. The online element of the course will be between 1 and 6 hours per week as a minimum at level 5 (Year 2).