Foundation Degree in Early Years (Oxford Brookes)

Foundation Degree in Early Years (Oxford Brookes)

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 5
Programme Specifications: View Document

Where will this course lead?

Taking up a career within Early Years gives you the opportunity to develop and cover a range of working environments, such as; Children's Centre Worker, Nursery Nurse, Private Nanny, Lead Practitioner, or Childminder. You might also work with families and children in an advisory role for organisations in the public, private or charitable sectors.  Wider opportunities include work in commercial organisations which are oriented to children and families e.g. children's publishing or broadcasting, children's leisure activities. You may wish to continue your studies through progression to BA Hons, and Early Years Teacher (EYT) or to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or to Masters Level and beyond and to become involved in research or academia. If so, you should explore this possibility with your Tutors.

What will I study?

Over a two-year period a substantial amount of your learning will take place in your workplace through the planned and supported tasks and projects we will set you.

You will undertake study in areas such as child development, communication, language and literacy, inclusion, policy and practice, health, and management issues in Early Years to develop a robust understanding of various aspects of Early Years.

All modules are compulsory.

Module Title

Year One

Level

Credits

Semester

delivered

Studying Policy and Practice

4

15

1

Communication and Language in the Foundation Stage

4

30

1

Physical Development

4

15

2

Introduction to Reflective Practice

4

30

2

Personal Social and Emotional

Development

4

15

3

Mathematics in the Early Years

4

15

3

Year Two

 

 

 

Inclusive practice

5

15

1

Well-being in the Early Years

5

15

1

Research, Policy and Practice

5

30

1, 2, 3

Leadership and Management in the Early Years

5

15

2

Issues in Child Development

5

30

2, 3

Independent Curriculum Study

5

15

2

How will this course be delivered?

This course is delivered as a full time programme, over two academic years. You will need to be at college 1 day per week from 12.00 - 9.00 pm. Study skills and tutorial sessions are scheduled weekly. You will also be required to access online learning materials.

What qualifications will I get?

Foundation Degree in Early Years (Oxford Brookes University) - 240 Credits. Students completing only the first year of the course will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education.

How will I be assessed?

The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials and group work. There are no exams; all assessment is via assignments which will include essays, presentations, practical activities, observations and activity plans.

Teaching and Learning strategies will encourage students to:

-Engage in new areas of knowledge;
- Broaden and deepen their existing knowledge, understanding and skills;
- Engage in critical analysis of texts, theories and practices and to test students' analysis against received understandings and practices;
- Question concepts, theories, policies and practice encountered during their studies;
- Interrogate the assumptions underpinning theory and research in order to come to an understanding of the significance and limitations of theory and research;
- Engage in critical reflection of their own and others' value systems, development and practices

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview.  All applications are to be submitted via UCAS using the following codes:

UCAS CODE: L520
INSTITUTION CODE: O66
CAMPUS CODE: L

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services

 

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have been working or have done voluntary work in a relevant childcare and education setting, working with children under 8 years.

You must also hold a relevant Level 3 Children's Care Learning and Development qualification. Applicants with other Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Foundation degrees are not typical degrees, so there is no typical offer. Each application will be considered on its merits and in the light of your employer's commitment to support your learning.

All students need to be able to demonstrate competency in English and maths, possess suitable references and have a successful College interview.

Applicants whose first language is not English, must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable by successfully completing a recognised test to demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0. 

English and Maths GCSE Grade C/4 (Level 2 equivalents are considered but not acceptable for progression to Early Years Teacher or QTS. Students will also require a Science GCSE at grade C/4 or above to progress to Teacher Training).

You will need to obtain a Disclosure Barring Service Check (DBS) and provide evidence of suitable employment or a work placement following your successful interview

What else do I need to know?

You should be working with children aged 0-8 for a minimum of 10 hours per week for the duration of the course.

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College and University Centre are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified, and where appropriate, possess relevant vocational experience and professional practice.

This course is a full time program and you will be expected to attend 1 day per week between the hours of 12-9, timetables will be issued to successful applicants upon induction and enrolment in September of the current Academic year.

How much will this course cost?

Tuition fees are £7,200.00.

In most cases student loans and grants are available via Student Finance England, and should be applied for in advance of the start of your course.

You may wish to budget for additional resources such as travelling, books and computer equipment; however, there are no required resources for this course.

 

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

You may need to cover travel costs to work placements. There may be additional costs for relevant field trips and equipment such as text books, as well as costs for printing resources and photocopying as necessary.  Additional resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College and University Centre

Info about finance bursaries etc. - https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/undergraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/financial-support/financial-support-uk-eu-2017-18/

Please read our full terms and conditions - https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/structure-and-governance/policies-and-financial-statements/

What can I do after this course?

A growing number of students choose to complete a third year of study to gain a full honours degree in Early Childhood Studies.

Some foundation degree students, on completion of a third year, apply for a PGCE programme. Opportunities for further study then exist at postgraduate level, for those who wish to progress further; this includes the MA Childhood Studies.

If you wish to progress to Initial Teacher Training or Early Years Teacher Status you must have Mathematics, English and a Science subject at GCSE Grade C/4 or above.

Careers staff are available to discuss and plan individual progression plans.

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Day
Time
Course Fee (p.a)
Course Code
Study Mode
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Blossomfield Campus

Sept-18

Various

12:00-21:00

£7200

CHNAA015BCF1

Full Time

Blossomfield Campus

Sept-18

Various

12:00-21:00

£7200

CHNAA015BCF1

Full Time