Early Years Sector Endorsed

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Qualification type: Foundation Degree
Level: Level 5
Awarding body TU
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018; Wednesdays 4pm-9pm
Duration 56 weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

This course is an excellent progression for those early years practitioners wanting to enhance their knowledge and employability in the early years sector. Progression opportunities from this course can also enable learners to go into teaching. It is suitable for practitioners working in all early years settings including nurseries, schools and playgroups.

You will be at least 18 and have experience of working with children in a variety of contexts. The foundation degree comprises two years of part time study and enables you to progress onto the final year of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Degree studied at Teesside University.

This course will run each Wednesday 4pm-9pm.

Course subject to viable numbers.

Anyone wishing to apply for this course must also complete the suitability declaration form which will be sent to you at the point when we invite you to interview.

Entry requirements

You will be at least 18 years of age with a minimum of 2 years experience working in various contexts with children from 0-8 years. You will have an appropriate Level 3 early years or childcare qualification, ideally with GCSE 'C' grade or above in English and maths, or be working towards this. A mentor willing to support your professional development is also essential. You will be working paid or voluntary, at least 2 days per week, with children within this age group.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please complete the Teesside University Online Application Form. Once your application has been received you will receive an acknowledgement from Teesside University. Following this you will be contacted by either the course tutor or the Admissions Department at Darlington College with regards an interview.

Studying and learning

You will be taught through seminars, lectures, interactive workshop sessions and our virtual learning environment with allocated tutorial support which focuses on study skills. Research-based findings on study skills will be used within the learning strategy. You will access self-study resource materials - media and internet usage. You will receive written and oral feedback to help you improve your future work.

Modules of study Level 4:

  • Understand Children's Development
  • Early Years Policy and Practise
  • Approaches to Pedagogy
  • Professional Development Portfolio

Modules of study Level 5:

  • Research for Early Years
  • Protecting Children in Early Years
  • Learning and Best Practise
  • Professional Development Portfolio
How will I be assessed

You will be assessed through coursework which may include essays, reports, case studies, research reports and portfolio work, as well as professional accreditations/placements.

What next

From the Early Years Foundation Degree you are able to progress onto the BA (Hons) Young Children and Childhood Studies or a BA (Hons) Education and Training, and other honours degrees.


Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University. The finance department can be reached on 01642 342172.

All fees are per year.

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your course. Study now, pay when you are earning. See www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk
for more details.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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