Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) Early Childhood Education
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
UCAS Code: X311
Location of study: Carshalton College
Academic year: 2019 September start
Days of the week: Students will be expected to attend college for one evening a week (Thursday) 4:30 - 9:30pm plus extra sessions for personal tutorials and supervision. Attendance will also be required on approximately 12 Saturdays over the academic year.
Full-time Study: This course is full time study over two years. Students are required to attend the college for 30 weeks throughout the academic year of study. Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time each week in self-led individual learning (approximately 20 hours per week).
Work placements: Work based learning is embedded in the programme. All students are employed in either a paid or voluntary capacity within the Early Years sector (working with children aged 0-8years old), and are participating in a meaningful placement of not less than 16 hours per week.
Timetables: Timetables are available at the beginning of the academic year.
Applicants should have completed at least twelve months’ experience within the Early Years sector, and preferably hold a level three qualification.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, which may include a written task to further demonstrate their suitability for the course.
Entry requirements are designed to increase access to Higher Education and consequently, the programme will recognise and encourage diverse entry routes and Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (AP(E)L).
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:
Applicants who have achieved a qualification such as a certificate of higher education, or have gained credits at another higher education institution, may be able to enter the course at level 5. Evidence of AP(E)L (original certificate and academic transcript) will need to be presented to, and accepted by the University of Roehampton.
The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to exit the programme with 240 credits and achieve a Foundation Degree. The Foundation Degree facilitates progression to a full honours degree as the students continue their vocational employment. Since the development of the full honours degree programme at Carshalton College students have been able to continue studying at the College and working in the early years sector to complete a BA (Honours) Degree. Those students who are successful in achieving 240 credits can apply to the final year and complete a further 120 Level 6 credits in order to achieve a full honours degree.
Students will study the following compulsory Level 4 modules:-
Students will study the following compulsory Level 5 modules: -
The modules will be taught through a combination of lectures, e-learning and seminars. All students are expected to prepare for the sessions by completing set tasks of recommended reading and/or research.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions, students are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including access to the University of Roehampton Library.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding of the subject informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards the final mark. The formal assessment methods include a range of coursework tasks such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations etc. The assessments are spread across the year to make the work load manageable.
Overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. The information below gives an indication of how much time will be needed to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Summary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This is for the KIS information- this section will be completed in September when further training on the underlying calculations will be available. Please do not complete this now, a spreadsheet will be circulated nearer the time with the required format. A detailed version will still be required for all programme specifications. The detailed version includes tutorial time/timetabled and compulsory trips etc.
Academic support is available on an individual and/or group basis in the following areas:
Students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia are provided with additional support and summary of adjustments on condition that appropriate and valid formal evidence is made available.
Students will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with a wide variety of experience in the Early Years Sector.
Fees: For the academic years 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: