Develop your career in the early years sector with this work-based foundation degree, supported by our experienced lecturers and close-knit classes. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.
Education can be very significant in a child’s life, influencing both how they develop and who they become. This is why working to ensure children achieve to the best of their abilities can be an incredibly rewarding career. Upon graduating you will have the knowledge and skills to work towards a variety of careers, such as room leaders, deputy managers, lead professionals in a setting, outreach workers and NVQ assessors.
At Farnborough, you will be taught in classrooms rather than large lecture theatres. This means your classes here will feel more personal, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions, receive feedback and become friends with your new classmates.
As someone currently employed in the sector, this course provides a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and gain skills relevant to your role, with timetables designed to suit employers. During this course you will examine a range of contemporary theories of how children learn and develop, linking and applying what you learn to your own work-based practice.
This degree is suitable for those currently employed within the early years sector who hold a relevant level 3 qualification and want to work towards more senior roles or teaching. Example roles you may currently be working as include Early Years Practitioner or Teaching Assistant.
During the first year of this degree, you will explore the essential theories of how children develop, as well as the individual and societal factors that play a part. In the second year you will investigate how current theories and understanding can be applied in the workplace to ensure positive outcomes for children. You will also complete a project proposal and literature review. This will provide you with the opportunity to research a topic of special interest and develop skills that will benefit you on an honours degree programme.
|Fee Per Year||£6000|
Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.
If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.
A range of teaching techniques are used in this degree to deliver content in useful and varied ways. This includes lecture-based presentations, practical sessions including role play and observation, individual and group project work, and individual presentations.
You will normally be assessed throughout your course to test your understanding within each module. This will be done through a combination of assessed coursework and assignments, multiple choice questions, formal examinations, written reports, case studies, summative reflection, literature reviews and presentations. Assignments will demonstrate both your new knowledge and how to apply it in the workplace.
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.
Upon completion of this degree, you will have the option to convert your qualification to a full degree by completing a one-year top-up degree - such as our BA (Hons) Early Years, Education and Practice Top-up.
There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.
Jobs directly related to early years degrees include:
Jobs where a degree in early years might be useful include:
You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:
UCAS Code - X311
Institution Code - F66
If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required.