Whilst following this programme, you will be able to study whilst you are working in an early years setting. There is an expectation of a minimum of 16 hours per week (paid or voluntary). This allows you to combine academic study with work-based learning. The two years will enable you to gain 240 academic credits, with the potential for progression onto a related BA Hons (Top UP) degree at Kingston University.
The course covers a range of aspects of child development, education and care more detail about specific modules can be found in the section below
The college works in partnership with Kingston University and nine partner colleges: Brooklands College (Weybridge campus); Kensington and Chelsea College; NESCOT; NEWTEC; Richmond College; South Thames College; West Thames College; Whitefield Academy Trust and Guildford College. The School of Education at Kingston University is consistently rated among the top education departments in the country by the Guardian UK University league tables.
We actively support students with additional learning needs, for example dyslexia.
- Level 3 Early Years qualification (or equivalent).
- Employment in an appropriate setting (either paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the course.
- Normally two years' experience in an appropriate setting.
The selection process involves interview at your chosen college, selection exercises and a current DBS check.
We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by written work and further discussion on an issue/perspective that exist within Early years practice
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is offered for those who are unsure of the current value of their qualifications. We actively welcome applications from mature students from a variety of backgrounds. We are seeking people who wish to enthuse and motivate young children as well as developing further their own knowledge, skills and understanding in young children's care and education
International Student Entry Requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
You'll be assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations, tests, exams and project reports.
Course Costs and Financial Support
Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
UK/EU students: £5,450
Overseas/International students: £XXXX
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- Additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- The cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
Careers and Progression
This qualification is valued by employers and is seen as a mark of your professional excellence and expertise, enabling you to develop your career and opportunities.
Your course will be delivered at your local college. Once you have successfully completed this foundation degree at level 5, you can take a further year's study and top-up your qualification to a BA(Hons) degree at level 6 at Kingston University.
Once you have completed this FdA, followed by the BA(Hons) top-up, you will be well-placed to pursue postgraduate opportunities and enhance your professional development in education and related fields. Many graduates return to Kingston University for postgraduate and continuing professional development studies. These include Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
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