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London Metropolitan University

Education: Early Years and Primary

UCAS Code: X320

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Typical offer CC (64 UCAS points) in teaching and learning, childcare and education or youth and community work.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject is acceptable for entry. QAA accredited course required.

Level 3 qualification in teaching and learning, childcare and education or youth and community work.

UCAS Tariff

64

Level 3 qualification in either teaching and learning, childcare and education or youth and community work.

14%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Early years education

Primary education

**Why study this course?**

The Education: Early Years and Primary sector foundation degree builds on your experience of working in an education setting by engaging with academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education. As part of the course you'll learn new skills and develop your knowledge of working in the primary education and early years sectors with 3 to 11-year- olds. The course will increase your understanding of teaching techniques and will develop a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education in order to increase the impact of learning and teaching in schools and early years settings. The course includes on-the- job training supported by a mentor at work, which will also enable you to add value to your workplace by putting what you learn on the course into practice, as well as ensuring you will be well equipped for further career progression.

**More about this course**

This foundation degree in learning and development focuses on working with 3 to 11-year-olds and is ideal if you're a practitioner supporting teaching and learning in a primary school classroom or early years education setting and want to progress in your career.

We’ll build on your previous primary and early years education experience by combining both theoretical and work-based learning. This will increase your understanding of the complexities underpinning teaching techniques and the experience of work with children in education.

The new perspectives you’ll develop include a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education and how you can increase the effectiveness of your teaching and a child’s learning in school. The course promotes a view of education as a holistic experience in which teaching and learning are inextricably linked to feelings and thinking.

The course team will draw on theoretical perspectives including education, wellbeing, psychology, sociology and social policy, while specific topics covered will include political and pedagogical curriculum approaches, differentiation and inclusion, the role and value of reflection in scaffolding children’s learning and development.

The Education: Early Years and Primary Sector FdA has been developed to meet the needs of qualified education practitioners working across a diverse range of education sectors, including primary, early years and health care settings. It includes on-the- job training and support from a mentor at work to enable you to be better placed to contribute to the successful development of primary school or early years learning environments as well as your own personal professional progression.

Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become an informed practitioner, manager, teacher of childhood teaching and learning environments.

Modules

Year 1 topics include: Personal Development and Planning (1) Child Development Supporting Language and Literacy Introduction to Children’s Learning Educational Issues and Practice (1) Supporting ICT in Primary Education Special Educational needs Supporting Mathematics in the Primary School Year 2 topics include: Protecting Children’s Welfare Educational Issues and Practice A Balanced Curriculum Science and the Language of Science Research Project Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability Understanding Behaviour Personal Development Planning (2)

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through essays, reports, projects, oral presentations, observations, reflective journals and an online discussion forum.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City and Islington College

Department:

Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
med
Early years education
84%
med
Primary education

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
25%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Early years education

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£21k

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£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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