Fd (Arts) Early Years Services
School: School for Education Futures
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This foundation degree is designed to offer appropriate education and training to professionals currently working within the Children and Young People’s workforce but who lack a qualification at degree level.
Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the development of practical, personal and professional attributes required to promote the development of a world class workforce. This include qualities include knowledge of early years policy and practice, challenging assumptions, responding to different views and adopting collaborative ways of working with parents and other professionals
The blended teaching and learning approach adopted by this foundation degree enables students to become digitally literate, share knowledge, reflect on practice and who are enterprising with their ideas.
In addition to the EYPS role, successful completion of this course could lead to teaching, social work, health education, early year's management, children’s information services, play services and community family support work.
It could also lead to a future role as an educational welfare officer or play therapist.
You could consider progression to the final stages of an Honours degree at the University which may lead to primary teaching, via a PGCE or Graduate Teacher route
In Year 1, your study will explore how children and young people develop. This focused programme will also examine child health and safety, play and leisure, diversity issues and what it means to be growing up in the twenty-first century.
During your second year you will look at families and communities in context. You will also examine curricula frameworks and explore theoretical approaches to learning. As a research skill you will learn how to study children and young people.
There is also opportunity to engage in practical work based investigations that lead to quality improvement strategies and engage purposefully with reflective thinking.
Hold a level three qualification (NVQ level three, NNEB diploma, BTEC National Diploma, Diploma in Child Care and Education) and having gained this qualification, have been employed for a minimum of two years working with children, young people and families, or in a long term voluntary placement.
Usually be over 21 years of age.
Entry to this course requires a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience you may still be considered. Please refer to our information on general entry requirements.
International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance and challenges of inter-agency working when leading practice to meet the needs of children and families, including health and wellbeing.
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the expected pattern of children’s development from birth, including pedagogical approaches, creative planning of learning opportunities, the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment and methods of researching these.
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to working with children and families in a global context.
To be aware of, analyse and make critical judgements in terms of impact and ethicality about key concepts, theories, new principles and issues of policy in a systematic way and evaluate the inter-relationship between work-based learning and quality improvement.
To be able to reflect on your own value system and evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses for future learning and apply this to your academic study and professional practice.
To undertake enterprising work-based investigation and problem-solving and be able to communicate clearly a wide range of theoretical positions to a range of audiences using appropriate media and digital literacy skills.
It is taught on a flexible basis and allows students to undertake their studies around their working commitments.
Students will benefit from excellent learning resources, a blended learning approach which has been exemplified as good practice and student support at the University’s Walsall campus.
“The course has helped me recognise the importance of reflecting on my own practice…it helped me become a better informed practitioner.”
“Friendly and approachable staff, tutor support was great.”
“Flexible course helped me be successful in my studies.”
2014/5 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 323135 for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2014/5. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.