TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
Excellent Tutor Support
Embedded Vocational Practice
Professional Progression Links
Trips to Alternative Learning Environments
Experienced Teaching Staff
Excellent Professional Progression
Previous students of the FdA Childhood Education course have been able to successfully apply for a place on local SCITT Programmes, third-year top-ups on a range of Bachelors Degrees and have felt well prepared for Level 6 study.
Working With Local Settings
Our students undertake a work placement in the first and second year of the course, utilising links with local Primary Schools, Nurseries and Special Schools. We have dedicated links to TPAT Schools and provide a range of support to find the best placement for you
Continuing Professional Development
Alongside the foundation degree, we offer additional opportunities to increase your professional development through courses including Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Makaton and have links to undertake Forest School training.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
This programme has been designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge base required to work in their chosen specialism or other graduate opportunities. It is also a platform from which students can undertake additional academic and in some instances professional vocational qualifications.
- The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
- Professionalism and Interpersonal Relationship
- Theories of Childhood Education
- Professional Practice (Compulsory Placement)
- Curriculum, Curriculum Planning and Age Phase Transition
- Special Education Needs and Disability
- Education and Society
- Alternative Learning Environments
- Curriculum: English & Mathematics
- Curriculum: Science & Technology
- Critical Professional Practice (Compulsory Placement)
- Educational Research
WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?
The FdA Childhood Education prepares you for employability in the sector as it increases your understanding of children’s learning and development. There are bespoke modules that focus on the planning and delivery of curriculum subjects. The vocational practice enables you to develop your confidence in the classroom. Graduates are suitably prepared to pursue careers in primary school teaching, childcare management and nursery supervision. We have lecturers teaching on the course who were former students themselves and have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and post-16 PGCE.
Following the 2-year foundation degree, we have direct entry pathways into a number of top-up third years including:
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at University of Plymouth
- Flexible Learning Early Childhood Studies (FLECS) at University of Plymouth
- BA (Hons) Education and Training at Truro and Penwith College
- BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies at Truro and Penwith College
- BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science at Truro and Penwith College
- Course in Early Years Teacher (EYT) for those students who want to work with younger children at University of Plymouth
Assessment for this course is 100% coursework. Assessment is through a variety of methods to suit the module, these include; Academic essays, Seminars, Reports, Research and Reflection.
There is a compulsory work placement element to two of the modules, Professional Practice and Critical Professional Practice. It is compulsory to fulfill and evidence 80 hours of work placement in the first year and 120 hours of work placement in the second year. However, students are required to make links with practice throughout all modules and assessments.
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C (4) or above. It is also strongly advised that those who want to pursue a teaching qualification after the full degree is achieved also have Science at Grade C (4).
Together with one of the following:
- A minimum of 48 tariff points at A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification
- Access to Higher Education: Considered on an individual basis
- Level 3 qualifications achieved in the workplace will be taken into consideration
- National and Advanced Diplomas in a relevant subject
Applications from mature students without academic credentials will be considered on an individual basis but must prove they are capable of Higher Education study.
Prospective students will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) which was formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
UCAS COURSE CODE: X310
DURATION: 2 years full time / Part-time route available
LOCATION: Truro & Penwith College
AWARDING BODY: University of Plymouth
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