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What makes our FdA Early Years Professional course special?

As an early years professional you can make a significant difference to children's lives, working with them at this time of key developmental milestones. As work based practice is a key part of this course you have the potential to earn whilst you learn. You will study with likeminded people across a range of other related professional roles based in your own community.

This University of Worcester award is delivered by the partner institution The Learning Institute. Delivery venues range across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, London and Somerset, (though not on the University of Worcester campus). The running of the degree and of individual groups will be subject to minimum numbers.

The partnership between the University of Worcester and the Learning Institute is well established and has been recently reviewed, resulting in the latest suite of new awards on offer.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • The use of weekly learning sessions, either face-to-face learning in local venues or online, enabling you to balance study, work and home demands.
  • Local delivery in a study group supports you to be successful in your study.
  • A requirement of attendance at two weekend (Friday evening and Saturday daytime) study sessions each year is structured to support you engage with students on your course from across the country.
  • Work based learning provides you with a key opportunity to connect your academic and professional learning with the expectation that students have access to 10 hours per week across the study year.
  • You will share your study with students across a small number of interrelated programmes.
  • There is the opportunity to progress to a BA top-up on completion.
  • Subject to approval FdA Early Years Professional will be recognised as a sector endorsed programme.
  • The course can be used to support you on your route into teacher training.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

32
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

We consider applications from individuals from a wide range of prior educational and employment experiences. For all applicants, current or recent experience of working with learners, such as employment or work in a voluntary capacity within a work setting, is desirable.

For those holding level 3 qualifications, such as A levels, BTEC National Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas or equivalent qualifications, we are looking for 32 UCAS tariff points.

The University and the Learning Institute are committed to providing education to all those who can demonstrate the potential to benefit and succeed. Applicants who do not hold level 3 qualifications such as those outlined above will be considered on the evidence of relevant experience and related learning.

Evidence of level 2 literacy is required, for example key skills or functional skills at level 2 or GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above. If you do not have evidence of literacy at level 2 or above then you will be expected to complete an essay to demonstrate competence in written English.

Other information

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check is required for this course. Relevant forms will be sent by Admissions on receipt of a firm acceptance of a place on the course.

Applicants should note that the course requires students to be working or volunteering in a relevant setting for a minimum of ten hours per week, throughout the course.

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Meghan Gellatly

Megan Gellatly

Megan graduated from Early Years Foundation Degree, Flexible and Distributed Learning Pathway, Full time 2021.

"Studying for the Early Years Foundation Degree at the University of Worcester has been fantastic. The course is well organised, well-resourced with knowledgeable lecturers. I have truly enjoyed every second of studying full-time over two years" said Megan.

"Working full time and completing a full-time degree comes with its fair share of work, however, the outcome is so worth it. This course allows you to work alongside completing a degree, this is a fantastic way of gaining a higher-level qualification while working.

One thing that always sticks with me is that you have all the assignment deadlines before you start the course. This allowed me to plan and ensure that I was prepared for the year. 

Applying my newfound knowledge to practice has been a highlight throughout. I have been able to reflect upon my practice to enable positive change, observe children's learning and development and understand that safeguarding is about doing the right thing, not just about doing things right and so much more.  I have been able to see first-hand the positive effects of the course on my own learning and development and how this has created great and meaningful experiences for children." 

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Supporting academic skills
  • Professional enquiry
  • Promoting the enabling environment
  • Foundations of understanding – learning and development within the EY curriculum
  • Human growth and development

Year 2

  • Understanding our personal and professional selves
  • Creative pedagogies
  • Professional enquiry in action
  • Working in partnership
  • Supporting learning in the EY curriculum
  • Assessment, evaluation and planning of learning
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

This mode of delivery involves a blended learning approach. You are taught through a combination of face-to-face learning and tutorials with additional interactive online learning alongside independent study time. Online learning is mostly in a virtual learning environment (VLE) called Blackboard. You will require a basic level of ICT competence and computer and software including access to broadband and an up-to-date web browser. Face to face learning takes place in small study groups providing opportunities to interact with other students across a small number of interrelated programmes. These study groups provide you with a supportive peer learning environment where you can develop your skills and share your learning. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Both face-to-face and online learning take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion, small group activities and individual learning. Group and individual tutorials enable the discussion and development of knowledge, key concepts and skills as well as providing supporting as you approach key assessments.

In addition to the weekly learning sessions, there will be twice yearly Friday evening and Saturday daytime set study sessions provide the opportunity to work with other students on this Foundation Degree from across the county giving you an additional layer of peer support and networking opportunities.

Work based learning is a major component of the course. You are expected to have access to 10 hours per week either working or in a voluntary capacity across the study year in an appropriate environment working with children and young people. This time gives you an opportunity to explore the concepts, practices and policies studied in a professional context.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

In a typical week students will have around 5.5 contact hours of teaching with delivery designed to fit with work-based learning. Given the blended learning approach to delivery, this contact time could take many forms which could be facilitated either face-to-face or live online, such as:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Group work
  • Student presentations
  • Practical activities
  • Problem-based learning
  • Discussions

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve 15 hours of guided independent study and 10 hours of preparation for assignments.

Duration

2 years full time

Timetables

Scheduled teaching will take place on the same single day each week and you will be aware of the day and timing of these sessions at least two months before registration. Detailed timetables are normally available one month before registration. There is the expectation that all students attend both weekend (Friday evening and Saturday daytime) study sessions as these are an integrated part of the study programme.

Additionally there is the expectation that all students attend the twice yearly Friday evening and Saturday daytime set study sessions as these are an integrated part of the study programme.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional practitioners from across the fields of study covered by the degree programme. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy and is based on considerable experience of practices in the field.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment which is graded or marked as pass/fail. Those graded count towards the overall module grade. The formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Level 4

  • Literature review
  • Patchwork Essay
  • Case study analysis
  • Report
  • Reflection
  • Presentation
  • Critical reflection
  • Evidence of the accumulated 200 work-based learning hours

 

Level 5

  • Critical reflection
  • Essay
  • Essay
  • Case study analysis
  • Patchwork
  • Presentation
  • Portfolio Evidence of the accumulated 200 work-based learning hours and early years educator criteria.

Accreditation

Subject to approval the FdA Early Years Professional will be recognised as providing evidence of meeting the Early Years Educator criteria as defined by the Department for Education.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The course can provide you with the self-confidence, skills and knowledge to develop your career in the early years sector. For example, FdA Early Years Professional provides you with the required qualification to take a leadership role within early years settings. The course covers all necessary criteria to support you in this role. Additionally other routes out of this degree involve roles in children's centre working, school settings or provision in statutory, voluntary and private organisations. The majority of students complete a top-up year to gain a full honours degree with some moving on further into masters level study. This course provides an excellent route to progress to qualified teacher status.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Additional costs

You will be expected to purchase key texts for each module; the list of key texts will be available 4 weeks before registration and will be set out in the reading lists. It is likely that you will choose to purchase other texts as you become familiar with your specialist research areas.

You will need to pay for a new DBS before the start the course.

You will need to access 10 hours per week in an appropriate work based setting, if this is not your current employer then you will need to make arrangements for this which may include travel costs.

It is expected that you will have access to your own computer and printer. As some of the learning is online it will be necessary for you to have a secure internet to enable you to access materials and engage with the virtual learning environment.

It will be necessary to provide your own personal stationary throughout the course however, printed handouts will be provided for each taught session when necessary.

You will need to source and pay for 1 Friday night's accommodation and meals for each of the 4 weekend conferences across the 2 years of the course.

Accommodation

Given that the course is delivered within multiple localities it is expected that you will be able to travel to the study venues and remain living at home.

Sources of financial support

Most financial support is available from Student Finance England www.gov.uk/studentfinance. The University's Money Advice Service can provide information about student money; this can be accessed through firstpoint.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

X315

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

 

The Learning Institute Recruitment and Admissions Team