Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is aimed at students who are currently employed within the sector and already hold a full and relevant Level 3 qualification. Attendance at college is part-time with students linking theory to their work-based practice. Common threads running through many of the core modules include theories of how children learn and develop, curriculum development, and observation and assessment. The work-based setting therefore facilitates much of the learning, and assignments will provide the learner with the opportunity to demonstrate competence in all topic areas.



UK and Channel Islands £6000
EU and International £8,000

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

Level 4

  • The Physical, Personal, Social and Emotional Child - This provides the essential theoretical background to the physical, personal, spiritual, social and emotional development of children. It develops understanding of why these are prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage and how they relate to each other.
  • Cognition and Language - This places particular emphasis on how children learn and their cognitive and language development.
  • The Child, Family and Parental Involvement – This explores the concept of the child, working with families and strategies related to parental involvement. It considers the diverse nature of families and issues related to promoting involvement.
  • Health and Wellbeing - This explores the concepts of health and wellbeing and considers key government health priorities in relation to child health.  It also examines legislation and policies related to health and safety.
  • Promoting Creative Learning - This explores the concept of creative expression and children’s representation through play and creative materials.  It examines the role of the practitioner in providing a well resourced environment that promotes creative expression.
  • Value of Play – This examines the relevance of play to early year’s education and its value in the Foundation Stage and beyond.
  • Professional Development Portfolio I – This will ensure students are applying their knowledge to practice. A portfolio demonstrating personal and professional development is submitted, including reflective logs; a presentation or an assessment.

Level 5

  • Professional Development Portfolio II – Professional and personal development is evaluated within a specialist pathway that has been chosen. Emphasis is on the processes involved in the planning cycle within the curriculum. Presentation of a portfolio of work including self evaluation; professional discussion; group presentation.
  • Introduction to Research - A suitable topic for research related to Early Years practice will be identified and researched to develop a project proposal and extended literature review.
  • Policy, Perspectives and Influences on Early Years – This explores the factors that influence the current provision of early years.
  • Early Literacy and Communication – This explores the role of the practitioner in developing emergent literacy skills within the EYFS and in preparing children for transition to Key Stage 1.
  • Early Maths and Exploration - This explores the role of the practitioner in developing the skills needed for emergent maths and exploration and in preparing children for transition to Key Stage 1.
  • Integrated Working and Safeguarding - This explores multi-agency working in regards to safeguarding children and promoting positive outcomes.  It requires students to reflect on policies and strategies.
  • Leading and Managing – This explores the concepts of leadership and management within Early Years settings and the differences between them.


How will I be assessed?

The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to progress to an Honours degree or further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • Assessed coursework/assignments
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Formal examinations
  • Written reports
  • Case studies
  • Summative reflections
  • Literature reviews
  • Presentations


Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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The College is committed to delivering programmes that enhance the employability of our students by equipping them with the essential skills valued by employers. The College has always had a strong vocational and professional focus, effective links with industry and employs a range of strategies to ensure that our graduates are ready to enter the world of work.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to progress into careers such as room leaders, deputy managers, lead professionals in a setting, outreach workers and NVQ assessors.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - X311

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

48 UCAS points from relevant subject(s). 18 months experience and current employment in sector.

UCAS Code: X311

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