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FdA Early Years Practice

Summary 2014/15

This is a programme created for new-to-role or experienced early years practitioners. Practical, work-based learning will improve both your experience and professional confidence, resulting in invaluable skills to boost your career prospects.

If you work with children aged between birth and five years and seek a higher education qualification, then this course is for you. You will gain a solid academic grounding that will improve your current knowledge and understanding of being an effective early years practitioner. This will provide opportunities for you to develop further as an early years professional following graduation.

Location: Edge Hill University
Holy Cross College, Bury
Minsthorpe Community College
UCAS: LX5J
Course Type: Foundation Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
2 years: Full Time
2 years: Part Time
Start Date: September 2014

2014/15 Entry Requirements

To join this programme on a full-time basis:

40 UCAS Tariff points are required. You can achieve 40 UCAS Tariff points from A Level Grade E or BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) P.

Accreditation of prior learning through relevant NVQ Level 4 or 5 qualifications may be possible. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) is desirable.

You will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. You should not seek to obtain this before applying for the course.

To join this programme on a part-time basis:

40 UCAS Tariff points or relevant Level 3 qualifications are required. You can achieve 40 UCAS Tariff points from A Level Grade E or BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) P. Previous experience of working with children aged 0-5 years can also be considered.

Accreditation of prior learning through relevant NVQ Level 4 or 5 qualifications may be possible. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) is desirable.

You must be working (on a full-time, part-time or voluntary basis) in an early years setting with children aged 0-5 years.

You will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. You should not seek to obtain this before applying for the course.

How do I apply?

Full-Time Foundation Degree

To apply for the full-time foundation degree through Clearing, please contact our Clearing Helpline on 0800 028 66 77 or email clearing@edgehill.ac.uk from Thursday 14th August 2014.

Alternatively, if you have already received your results, you can contact our Admissions Office now on 01695 650950 or email admissions@edgehill.ac.uk.

Part-Time Foundation Degree

To study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University. Download the application form (pdf) and notes for guidance (pdf).

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply to find out more about the application process.


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Faculty of Education

Summary 2015/16

This is a programme created for new-to-role or experienced early years practitioners. Practical, work-based learning will improve both your experience and professional confidence, resulting in invaluable skills to boost your career prospects.

If you work with children aged between birth and five years and seek a higher education qualification, then this course is for you. You will gain a solid academic grounding that will improve your current knowledge and understanding of being an effective early years practitioner. This will provide opportunities for you to develop further as an early years professional following graduation.

Location: Edge Hill University
Holy Cross College, Bury
Minsthorpe Community College
UCAS: LX5J
Course Type: Foundation Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
2 years: Full Time
2 years: Part Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

To join this programme on a full-time basis:

40 UCAS Tariff points are required. You can achieve 40 UCAS Tariff points from A Level Grade E or BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) P.

Accreditation of prior learning through relevant NVQ Level 4 or 5 qualifications may be possible. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) is desirable.

You will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. You should not seek to obtain this before applying for the course.

To join this programme on a part-time basis:

40 UCAS Tariff points or relevant Level 3 qualifications are required. You can achieve 40 UCAS Tariff points from A Level Grade E or BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) P. Previous experience of working with children aged 0-5 years can also be considered.

Accreditation of prior learning through relevant NVQ Level 4 or 5 qualifications may be possible. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) is desirable.

You must be working (on a full-time, part-time or voluntary basis) in an early years setting with children aged 0-5 years.

You will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. You should not seek to obtain this before applying for the course.

How do I apply?

For the full-time programme, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.ac.uk.

To study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University. Download the application form (pdf) and notes for guidance (pdf).

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply to find out more about the application process.


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Faculty Website

Faculty of Education

Details

What will I study?

Modules at Level 4 address various professional, academic and vocational issues common to all Early Years workers. As well as gaining a greater understanding of holistic child development in social and cultural contexts, you will be taught specific best practice techniques and principles, and learn how to plan and manage different roles and responsibilities in a modern, multi-professional workplace.

Depending on status and experience, you will progress onto a choice of Level 5 modules to boost your individual development and your personal and professional development as a trained Early Years professional in the workplace. Topics currently available include:

  • How to best meet the diverse needs of young children;
  • Working with interdisciplinary teams and managing other practitioners;
  • Delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and assessment.

Supported learning using the internet and Edge Hill University's online resources is a major feature of the programme. No prior IT experience is necessary, as full support will be provided.

How will I study?

Following an initial induction, you will attend face-to-face sessions one afternoon per week. Along with face-to-face sessions, you will be asked to complete directed tasks and carry out independent research.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a highly experienced team of early years lecturers and associate tutors who have extensive expertise and experience and a passion for early years. All of the team are involved in current research and have actively contributed to projects including the development of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL). Each member of the team brings a particular expertise and all are highly respected practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework which involves portfolios, written essays, presentations, self-evaluations and the completion of a small-scale research project.

What are my career prospects?

New and exciting roles are in Children's Centres, Local Authorities, Nurseries and pre-schools, including multi-agency work and Early Years Teacher Status.

This foundation degree may also lead you to progress onto the BA (Hons) Early Years Practice or an Early Years Teacher Status pathway, subject to eligibility.

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Fees and Finance

Academic Year 2014/15: Full-Time Study

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time foundation degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2014/15, the standard tuition fee is £6,000 per annum.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished the foundation degree and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Edge Hill University offers scholarships which reward excellence in prospective full-time foundation degree students.

You can apply for an Entrance Scholarship worth £1,500. Entrance Scholarships reward determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, performance or volunteering.

If you excel in sport, you can apply for a Sports Scholarship worth up to £1,000 per academic year. Sports Scholarships celebrate talent, achievement and dedication in sport and are designed to enhance your sporting performance.

The High Achievers Scholarship and Liverpool Scholarship celebrate outstanding grades.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our talented and dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this foundation degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2014/15, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/foundationfinance2014.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only.

Academic Year 2014/15: Part-Time Study

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a part-time foundation degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2014/15, the standard tuition fee is £50 per credit for academic year 2014/15, i.e. £500 per 10 credit module, £1,000 per 20 credit module, and £1,500 per 30 credit module. A total of 240 credits are required to complete a foundation degree.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished your degree, or the April four years after the start of the programme, whichever is sooner. Repayments will only commence if you are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous part-time higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this foundation degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2014/15, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/foundationfinance2014pt.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only.

Academic Year 2015/16: Full-Time Study

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time foundation degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2015/16, the standard tuition fee is £6,000 per annum.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished your degree and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships for eligible prospective students which reward:

  • Outstanding examination grades;
  • Determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering;
  • Talent, commitment and dedication in sport.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this foundation degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/foundationfinance2015.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only. Fees and finance information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Academic Year 2015/16: Part-Time Study

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a part-time foundation degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2015/16, the standard tuition fee is £50 per credit for academic year 2015/16, i.e. £500 per 10 credit module, £1,000 per 20 credit module, and £1,500 per 30 credit module. A total of 240 credits are required to complete a foundation degree.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished the foundation degree, or the April four years after the start of the programme, whichever is sooner. Repayments will only commence if you are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous part-time higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this foundation degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/foundationfinance2015pt.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only.

Not got the entry requirements?

We welcome applications from those who wish to return to education and encourage you to present your previous experience in work (paid or unpaid) to support your application.

If you do not have GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grades C or above, Edge Hill offers equivalency tests in English and mathematics.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team by emailing study@edgehill.ac.uk or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about this course, please contact:

  • Linda France, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP
  • Tel: 01695 584206
  • Email: linda.france@edgehill.ac.uk

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Modules

Year 1

FDE1101 Meeting the Diverse Needs of the Whole Child (30 credits) provides a foundation for all subsequent modules studied in year 1. It develops your knowledge of the diverse needs of children in different historical, social and cultural contexts and the role of the practitioner in the promotion of children’s learning.

FDE1000 Personal and Professional Development in a Work-based Context (30 credits) is a setting-based module that runs for the whole year and is undertaken in your setting / workplace. It involves a self-review of your knowledge and skills against national standards, target setting and the creation of action plans based on the reflections on your personal professional practice.

FDE1002 Exploring Early Years Curriculum (30 credits) is designed to equip you with essential knowledge and understanding of the principles and the content of the early years curriculum with a focus on a child-centred approach. The module will help you to identify key elements of early years education and link those to their practical experiences. The module will also give you an opportunity to reflect on your own practice and formulate principles in relation to the fundamental dimensions of quality early years provision.

FDE1003 Working with Families, Communities and Other Practitioners (20 credits) examines how early years practitioners meet the needs of families and communities within the early years context. There will be a consideration of historical, social and cultural perspectives on the development of the notions of ‘childhood’, ‘family’ and ‘community’. The module includes an investigation into the range of family and community structures and the opportunities for children’s learning and development provided within these structures. The module will also introduce you to the theoretical and practical aspects of team working within the early years settings and, in particular, the impact of working in multi-professional teams on young children and their families.

FDE1004 Researching Early Years Leadership and Practice (10 credits) provides a background knowledge and understanding of the key elements of educational research, including methodology, research methods and ethics. The purpose of this introductory module is to prepare you for a small-scale research investigation in Year 2.

Year 2

FDP2101 Working with Children to Enhance the Quality of Provision to Meet Specific Needs (30 credits) furthers your understanding of the ways in which you can develop your practice to ensure quality provision in your setting. You will consider the principles underpinning quality management and practice and look at developing effective strategies for monitoring and evaluating your work with children, families and the community.

FDP2000 Developing Personal and Professional Effectiveness in Early Years Practice (30 credits) provides structured and supported opportunities for you to investigate an issue or an initiative, centred around early years policy and practice. You will be asked to examine and discuss a particular issue or initiative impacting on early years development and learning. The management of this issue or initiative will be analysed in relation to two contrasting settings, one of which will be your own.

FDP2002 Meeting the Requirements of the Early Years Curriculum (30 credits) will develop your understanding of the holistic nature of development and learning in the young child, together with the role of practitioners within the process of providing high quality care and education for children aged 0-5. The module requires you to critically evaluate key aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage, focusing on theoretical and practical approaches to planning, provision for learning, and assessment for 0-5 year old children. Issues of transitions within the context of the Early Years Foundation Stage will be critically examined.

FDP2003 Building and Managing Early Years Partnerships (30 credits) develops your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical models of leadership and management of early years teams. The module will focus on the application of basic 'team' theory to early years settings, allowing you to consider your current practice. It enables you to engage in critical discussions of a range of early years partnerships within the current and developing early years context.


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Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
United Kingdom
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