Early Years Service Foundation Degree

Course Code: EYSDE
Learning Aim Code: Z0001983
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time
Duration: Two years and one semester
Campus: Wellington Road Campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are currently working in the early years’ service - for example in a nursery or children’s centre - but lack a formal qualification, the Foundation Degree in Early Years’ Service will give develop your knowledge and skills and enable you to progress further in your career.

The course provides an understanding of early childhood incorporating all aspects of development of children and young people from birth to 19 years, as well as current legislation which affects young children and their family and will enable you to evaluate and develop appropriate teaching approaches and reflective thinking when working in early years.

This is a part-time course which runs for two years and one semester.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study the following modules:

  • Reflective practitioner
  • The role of play in childhood
  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Children, family and society
  • Language and literacy in the early years
  • Developing critical reflection and practice
  • Developing knowledge and understanding in young children
  • Families and communities in context
  • Research methods

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop practical, personal and professional attributes
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of early year’s policy and practice
  • Be able to challenge assumptions and responding to different views in an enterprising way
  • Adopt collaborative ways of working with children, parents and other professionals
  • Become digitally literate, share knowledge, reflect on practice and develop professionals who are enterprising with their ideas

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Practical, written and online assessments
  • Written assignments
  • In class tests
  • Presentations
  • Viva Voce (verbal exam)

What can I do next?

Completion of this course will enable you to:

  • Progress to a BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Wolverhampton
  • Pursue a career in early years’ education in a number of roles including teaching, social work, health education, early year's management, children’s information services, play services and community family support work
  • Apply for early years’ professional status through the best practice network

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access this course you are required to:

  • Be employed or have one-to-two years’ experience working with children and families post qualifying or be in a long-term voluntary placement in an early years setting
  • Hold a Level 3 qualification in a related subject – eg NVQ Level 3, Diploma in Childcare and Education, BTEC National Diploma, NNEB Diploma or Level 3 Diploma Teaching assistant

We also offer the opportunity to accredit prior certificated learning at Level 4 through the APL system

You will also be required to have a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check

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