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Foundation Degree

Sector-endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years

(working with children from birth – 7 years)

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The programme The Foundation Degree in Early Years is an award for those who wish to combine study with other commitments. It provides an opportunity to develop a range of academic, professional and key skills. For those who wish to take their study further, it also offers preparation towards a Honours Degree and is an important pathway to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

The Foundation Degree: • Combines academic rigour with professional practice • Has substantial elements relevant to professional practice • Promotes key and transferable skills e.g. leadership, communication • Prepares for career progression and is a route to further study • Builds on prior experience and learning • Provides innovative teaching and learning experiences

Who is it for? • Early years practitioners in private, voluntary and maintained settings • Teaching and learning support assistants, classroom assistants and nursery assistants working in LEA schools/nurseries and children’s centres • Practitioners working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) e.g. private day care, pre-schools and childminders • Others involved in supporting children’s learning, welfare and development in the EYFS

How does it work? • Part-time, modular structure linking theory and practice • Core modules, including Engaging with Parents, Stories and Storytelling, Assessing Children’s Learning and Safeguarding Children • Work-based learning involving work-based tasks and a project • Flexible delivery methods including seminars, workshops, ICT and professional tasks • A Certificate in Early Years Professional Studies may be awarded for those who do not choose to progress to the Foundation Degree • The Foundation Degree provides an opportunity to progress to a BA(Hons) Degree • The Foundation Degree is nationally accepted as a full and relevant qualification to practice


What are the benefits? • Extend your personal and professional skills and knowledge • Raise your status as a reflective practitioner • Achieve a nationally recognised Foundation Degree • Build up your confidence and performance • You will be able to progress to a Honours Degree • You will be on a recognised pathway towards further certificated professional status e.g. HLTA/EYPS/QTS

What do I need to do next? •A  pplications are considered on individual merit but candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to work at degree level and be experienced early years practitioners • Diploma at Level 3 or prior academic/vocational study and experience is a distinct advantage • GCSE (Grade C or above, or equivalent) in English is an advantage I left school at 16 with four ‘O’ Levels and pursued a career in the West Midlands Police, leaving as a Police Sergeant having had my third child. As my children got older, I felt the need to return to a career. I began volunteering and then gained a part time job at my children’s school. From this I found a real interest in education. I made tentative enquiries with several local universities and the friendly responses from Warwick encouraged me to apply for the part-time Foundation Degree in Early Years, which suited my family commitments. I have now graduated and am continuing with the Honours Level. Studying for a degree has boosted my confidence and enabled me to have an opportunity for a second career, so much so that I am now really beginning to believe I can pursue a career as a primary school teacher. Apart from the academic side of the degree, through the reflection techniques taught on the course, I have acquired the ability to transfer my life skills to my everyday practice within the classroom. This is beneficial for me, the children I work with and for my workplace.

Sharon Fish - Sector-endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years

Financial Information Year 1 (75 CATS)

£3,750

Year 2 (90 CATS)

£4,500

Year 3 (75 CATS)

£3,750

Total cost:

£12,000

For full information and details of how to finance your Foundation Degree please visit warwick.ac.uk/go/ptstudentfinance

Certificate in Early Years Professional Studies The Certificate takes two years to complete, covering six modules totaling 120 credits. The Certificate costs £6,000 and can then be used towards the Foundation Degree if you choose to progress.


Please note that the course is also offered at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Stratford-upon-Avon College and New College Telford. For further information contact: Gemma Knight (The University of Warwick) 024 7652 4736 early.yearsfd@warwick.ac.uk

Rachel Strisino (North Warwickshire and Hinckley College) 024 7624 3000 rachel.strinsino@nwhc.ac.uk

Lindsay Tallis (Stratford-upon-Avon College) 01789 266245 lindsaytallis@stratford.ac.uk

Paul Di Felice (New College Telford) 01952 641892 (ext 290) pauldf@nct.ac.uk Subject to confirmation of partnership agreement

warwick.ac.uk/cll

Events Foundation Degree Early Years Information Evening (to include a Taster Session) Wednesday 20 March 2013 Starts 18:30 Westwood Teaching Centre, Westwood Campus

Open Evening - Part-time Degrees, 2+2 Degrees, Foundation Degrees Thursday 6 June 2013 16:00-19:00, Westwood Teaching Centre, Westwood Campus

Drop-in session - Part-time Degrees, 2+2 Degrees, Foundation Degrees Wednesday 7 August 2013 12:00-13:30 and 16:00-17:30, The Reinvention Centre, Westwood Campus

Setting Visit Dr Caroline Jones - Course Director will visit your setting if there is a group of practitioners who are interested in the Foundation Degree.

Disclaimer For the benefit of applicants this publication is produced at the earliest date possible. The University, however reserves the right to modify or cancel any statement in this publication and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of such modification or cancellation.


Foundation Degree in Early Years 2013/14