Level 4 Foundation Degree (FdA) in Childhood Studies

Working with children and young people is demanding but it is the most fulfilling work you can do. There is a high demand for early years qualified staff and this course aims to meet this demand by focusing on theory and practice of the study of the play, development and learning of children from birth to six years of age.

The course is designed to meet the professional and personal learning needs of all those working with primary aged children. It is aimed at classroom and learning support assistants in primary education settings, for example, people working as childminders or in a group setting, such as a nursery, kindergarten, preschool, community creche or children's centre environment.

Course Duration and Delivery Structure

The course duration is 2 years and the times/hours are: 2.5 days per week, 9am - 5pm

What Will I Study

Year 1 Unit

  • Adult as Children Learners
  • Perspective in Childrens Development
  • Understanding Play
  • Safeguarding Young Childrens Health and Well-being

Year 2 Unit

  • Challenging Equalities in Early Childhood
  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Developmental Matters
  • Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
  • Communication in Multi-Lingual Contexts

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This Foundation Degree is taught at New City College Hackney and is validated by London Metropolitan University

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For loan application the institution is LONMT (short for London Metropolitan University) the institution code is code is L68 and the course code is X945-H

Subject: Early Years
Qualification Type: Higher Education
Study Location: Hackney Campus

Entry Requirement:

Level 3 in Child Care and Education or equivalent GCSE grades 9-4 (A*- C) or Level 2 equivalent in English language and math or be working towards achieving them

Two years full-time experience working with children in an early years or school setting

Currently working in early years, as either a paid employee or volunteer (12 hours minimum)

Enhanced DBS (evidence required) to work with children

One satisfactory reference from an employer or workplace manager

Mature (over 21) students, who do not meet these academic qualifications but have relevant work or life experience will be considered.

Applicants are expected to attend an interview and may take College assessment for English and Math.

Where does it lead:

Further studies:

  • You can progress onto the final or year 3 of a related subject degree, for example, direct entry onto the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University.
  • Progress into gaining the Early Years Practitioner Status

Job opportunities:

  • Teaching Assistant, Nursery worker roles.
  • Managerial or supervisory roles within early years as you will have developed the skills and knowledge for higher level posts.
Course Fees: £6000.00 per year (2019 fees may change subject to government policy and regulations)

Who is the course available for: Adult
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