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FdA Early Years

  • 5

    Level
    Level 5

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2022

  • Venue
    Norfolk House, Exchange Street

  • Course Code
    F5328

Start Date

  • September 2022, Full Time

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Summary

This programme is subject to revalidation with our university partner, UEA, ready to accept new entrants from September 2023. Therefore, for next year there may be some slight changes to this advertised course content as modules are reviewed by the course team.

The FdA Early Years provides students with a wide range of theoretical perspectives in the field of early years education and related careers working with young children, aged 0 - 7 years, allied to a focus on professional practice.

It is a sector-endorsed practice award, as recognised by SEFDEY (Sector Endorsed Foundation Degrees Early Years) and has Early Years Educator status.

Students are encouraged to develop into reflective practitioners, who can combine work-based practice with strong theoretical knowledge.
Level 4 (First Year) modules include The Developing Child, Understanding Childhood, Inclusion & Equality in the Early Years, Play and Children’s Spaces, as well as modules covering specific Higher Learning Skills, and Employability.
Level 5 (Second Year) modules include Safeguarding Children in a Multi-Agency Context; Digital Childhood; Learning and Teaching; Health & Wellbeing in the Early Years; as well as a specific Research Skills module in which students evaluate research methods, in an early years context, and analyse the ethical issues which can arise.

Employability skills, such as communication, team work, IT skills, innovation and reflection are emphasised throughout the course. Sector knowledge around safeguarding, accountability and personalisation are also promoted.

All of City College Norwich’s Degree programmes are validated by the UEA, meaning that the quality of the awards you get is assured by a world renowned Higher Education organisation.

UCAS Code LX53

If you have any specific questions about this course, or would like to find out more, please contact Gemma Greengrass - Course Leader FdA Early Years, email: gemma.greengrass@ccn.ac.uk

Why our College?

Flexible study options

Most of our courses require two days per week attendance at college. This means you can continue to work alongside your studies and balance other commitments.

Smaller class sizes

Our smaller class sizes mean you get all the support you need during your studies. This is a crucial difference to larger universities and provides you with access to your lecturers when you need them.

Outstanding progression

97% of our full time graduates and 100% of our part time graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after completing their degree (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes, 2019, for CCN, published by Office for Students)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have sufficient and appropriate prior experience in childcare and an appropriate level 3 qualification and also show the potential for successful study at HE level, commitment to study and work in the sector and commitment to the work-experience component. Applicants with appropriate prior experience in childcare, but who do not hold an appropriate level 3 qualification, may also be considered.

Successful applicants will need to be working or volunteering in an early years' setting for the duration of the course to meet the requirements of the SEFDEY (and will already be in possession of a valid DBS).

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. For International students we require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: IELTS Academic (SELT) 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components). Please contact the Advice shop for advice and guidance. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.

Assessment

A rich and varied range of assessment methods include written assignments, presentations, portfolios and work-based projects.

Progression

In terms of academic progression, Students completing the programme can progress onto our BA (Hons) Childhood Studies Top Up, or other related programmes.

Career Progression

Graduates from this programme can expect to access a wide variety of careers, including management of early years settings, healthcare, social care and family support work. Completion of Top Up programmes also allow graduates to apply for Initial Teacher Training or relevant postgraduate programmes.

Fees

£8,000 per year (for UK students)

For international students (students from outside of the UK), fees are set at £12,000 per year

Why our College?

Flexible study options

Most of our courses require two days per week attendance at college. This means you can continue to work alongside your studies and balance other commitments.

Smaller class sizes

Our smaller class sizes mean you get all the support you need during your studies. This is a crucial difference to larger universities and provides you with access to your lecturers when you need them.

Outstanding progression

97% of our full time graduates and 100% of our part time graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after completing their degree (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes, 2019, for CCN, published by Office for Students)