The Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning is delivered over two years, with the option to progress to the BA for a work-based programme at the University of Reading.
The course is modular and areas covered include: theories of development and learning, the child in society, learning spaces and Professional Skills in the Children's Workforce. In the programme students will develop a number of transferable skills such as communication, information handling and team working.
Full-time: 2 years (Although attendance at College is only on a Tuesday for 2018 entry) GCSE: English Language at grade C (or 4) or Level 2 equivalent Other requirements: You must be working at least 2.5 days a week in a relevant setting, and are normally expected to have obtained:
- An NQF Level 3 qualification in a work-related area or equivalent
- GCSE Mathematics at grade C (or 4) or Level 2 equivalent
- 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. who does not have maths GCSE, a Level 3 vocational qualification, or the specified amount of full-time work experience, but may have significant part-time work placement and/or volunteering experience 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.
Two years experience in a work place setting.
Level 5 Foundation Degree qualification in Children's Development and Learning.
On-going assessment delivered in a variety of methods including: essays, reports, presentations, and a portfolio.
This full-time programme requires significant independent study to support learning.
Candidates must be in relevant employment, working or volunteering with children between the ages of 0-11 for a minimum of two and a half days per week. Candidates usually work in early years, primary or SEN settings.
Students could progress onto a full BA degree in the third year delivered by University of Reading (subject to interview). - Progression to the BA Children's Development & Learning (Hons) is possible through a further year of work-based study at the University of Reading. - Students who have completed year 3 often go on to undertake a teaching qualification, including an Early Years Teacher qualification.
Fees and Additional Costs
The fees are agreed with the University of Reading. In the 2018-19 academic year, fees for existing/continuing students are £4,625 per year. For more information on University of Reading fees visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/fees-and-funding/fees-and-funding-ug/home-eu-undergraduate-student-fees/fees-update-undergraduate-uk-eu-students.