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University Centre Grimsby

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: L520

Foundation Degree in Education - FdEd

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About this course


Course option

2years

Full-time | 2019

The programme aims to deliver a foundation degree that will provide a challenging and high quality academic grounding for existing and future practitioners in the early years sector. It will seek to do this by encouraging students to develop a critical understanding of early years practice. It aims to facilitate opportunities for students to develop their conceptual understanding in order that they are able to critically evaluate research, different policies, practices and approaches to the early years sector and to apply knowledge gained from this to their own future practice. The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies will draw on a number of different disciplines to enable students to learn how children grow and develop, how they gain language, how children learn through play, how government legislation and policy affects children rights, welfare, education. Practice learning opportunities (personal and practice development) will be integral to the degree and will be provided by a range of placement providers which include schools, pre-schools, private nursery settings, crèches and children’s centres. This foundation degree will provide those already working, or wishing to work, in the early years sector, an opportunity to demonstrate their academic ability together with their practical application skills.

Cohort sizes for the FdEd. Early Childhood Studies are approximately thirty five students per year, this small cohort size provides students with more individual tutor contact time as their time is split over fewer students in each taught session. Furthermore, small cohorts also lend themselves to students being able to ask questions in lectures and seek guidance outside of guided learning hours. Students are not just faces in the crowd but are known of by first name terms and can generally find and access staff support throughout the day. Additionally the close proximity to home addresses for many students makes it easier to balance their work, study and home life successfully. Placements are typically located in relatively close proximity to the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area, or within the students own local home environment making traveling arrangements easier to manage.

Staff on the programme are supportive and approachable, aiming to provide a holistic and thorough insight to the early years profession. Staff who teach on this programme have relevant qualifications in this field and this lends itself to supporting students through their studies and enhancing the students knowledge of applying theoretical perspectives to practice.

Modules

Students will gain a broad understanding of the diverse issues in relation to early years education and care. Across both years of study students will gain professional concepts that govern working in a multi-disciplinary sector such as that of early years.

Through the core modules delivered, students gain an in depth understanding of the way children learn to explore, develop, think and how play can shape learning experiences. Students critically analyse the current Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and compare the principles of learning and development to alternative pedagogies. Students gain an understanding of why health and well-being in children is important and considers strategies and initiatives at a local level to promote health. The need to work with parents and other agencies will be analysed and students will discuss through seminars effective measures that are implemented to encourage parental partnership working.

The foundation degree is structured via two levels of study. The knowledge and understanding students acquire at level 4 becomes the basis of student’s future progress as an early years practitioner. Students are introduced to various aspects of children’s lives and how societies construct childhood.

Level 4 study enables students to gain an understanding of human growth and development and discusses the key aspects of how language develops in children and analyses the impact that language has on child development as a whole. There will be opportunities to investigate the changing nature of the early years sector and the need for qualified practitioners by undertaking critical modules in safeguarding children, observation and assessment and enabling environments. In addition the students will be introduced, via work based learning, to wider transferable skills that will support their personal, academic and professional development.

At level 5 of study, students will evaluate the impact that legislation and the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014) has on early years as well as investigating the impact a changing society and early years provision can have on young children’s care and education. Students will begin to develop an understanding of inclusive practice and consider the ways that practitioners can shape children’s learning and development. Students at this level of study begin to demonstrate why it is extremely important for early years practitioners to be able to understand the importance of a piece of research. By the end of their foundation degree students will have the skills necessary for carrying out a piece of research. Other transferable skills will include communication and presentation skills. There will be a plenty of opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and understanding of research process and critically analyse published research papers. At the same time, students will be able to investigate how published research influences policy makers and their practices. Level 5 study gives students the critical knowledge and analytical skills to develop a more in depth understanding and apply practical knowledge to academic work. Students develop an awareness of the importance of applying this practical knowledge to both work based learning and within academic sessions.

Tuition fees

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£8,500
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£8,500
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£8,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,500
per year
Scotland
£8,500
per year
Wales
£8,500
per year

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Course location:

Nuns Corner Campus

Department:

HE Education and Social Sciences

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