Early Years Studies FD of the Arts





About the course

If you work with young children, (eg pre-school, child-minding, day nursery or children’s centre), this course is designed to suit your work commitments, combining academic study with knowledge of your work, and preparing you for the top-up degree and professions in Early Years.

Develop your skills in teaching and learning support, reflecting on work-based practice in educating and supporting young children’s early learning and development.

Choose Early Years Studies Foundation Degree and:

  • Learn full-time or part-time, to suit your work commitments
  • Study different approaches to teaching and learning and the way children learn, and deepen your own understanding of your work and working environment
  • Develop your understanding of early education, child development and the developing child in the family and society, in local and global contexts
  • Gain a strong foundation in Early Years Education from a variety of professional perspectives, providing opportunities for you to develop your own individual academic and professional interests linking your current work practice to your developing theoretical knowledge
  • Benefit from direct entry to the BA at the end of your study, then progress to Qualified Teacher Status or Early Years Teacher Status or employment in leadership and management roles in Early Years

This course is also offered at our Bedford campus, Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College of Further Education.



Early Years Studies - FD of the Arts - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - G2W4
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Early Years Studies - FD of the Arts - Bedford Campus

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - G2W4
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
  • Download Course Specifications




Why choose this course?

This course offers you a strong foundation in Early Years Education from a variety of professional perspectives, providing opportunities for you to develop your own individual academic and professional interests linking your current work practice to your developing theoretical knowledge.

The course is designed specifically to suit existing work commitments. You will have the opportunity to continue your studies at degree level through the University of Bedfordshire's BA Applied Early Years Studies course and all successful Foundation Degree students have the right of direct entry to the BA at the end of their study. You could then choose to follow a Primary PGCE / Schools Direct / SCITT programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status, or the Early Years Teacher Status (GSCE grades A-C in Maths, English and Science or equivalent will be required). For those who do not wish to progress on to the top up degree you have various options in employment including leadership and management roles within an Early Years setting.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Developing English And Mathematics (Wbl) (EDC060-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Learning (EDC058-1) Compulsory
  • Inclusive Practice (EDC059-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Higher Education Study (EDC018-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Professional Practice (EDC042-2) Compulsory
  • Inclusive Practice For All Young Children (EDC040-2) Compulsory
  • Reflections On Practice (EDC035-2) Compulsory
  • Supporting Early Literacy And Numeracy Development (EDC041-2) Compulsory



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We are very proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of the strong and effective partnership with schools and colleges in Bedford Borough; Central Beds; Luton; Milton Keynes and Peterborough. Our employment rate is amongst the highest in the country and the university hosts an annual Teaching Fair, which brings students and employers together for job and networking opportunities.

We take particular care to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, and we encourage all students to reach their potential in a supportive environment.

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How will I be assessed?

Assessments will help you to reflect upon your practice, and that of your workplace. This course aims to provide a range of assessment methods to support the diverse needs of all learners. Assessments include essays, case studies, portfolios, presentations, reflections on work-based learning. The assignments will build directly on the teaching sessions and you will be supported by lecturers to develop your individual assignment through tutorials and in class activities. Developmental assessment opportunities are offered in the form of peer assessment and individual/group tutorials. Substantial guidance is provided on how to complete the assignments on the university virtual learning environment (BREO) and in assessment handbooks, workshops, seminars and assessment Briefs.


Throughout the course you will be able to use your workplace setting as a source of information and context for assessments and be able to undertake research that will contribute to other assessments.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Appropriate Partner College-specific Level 3 awards are welcomed.

As this is a Foundation Degree (work based learning -WBL) course, students need to be working with young children as a volunteer or in paid employment within an Early Years setting. This `work is an important part of the course as you will use your setting to be able to relate your academic work to practice. Students are normally working or volunteering in settings for a minimum of one day per week where there are young children operating within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Applicants from students for whom this is not the case, including International students, or home/EU students from outside of the region will need to find suitable placements.  The Department can assist with this on an individual basis if support is requested.

Mature students with appropriate experience but without the necessary academic requirements will be interviewed to assess suitability. Promoting a widening participation agenda is a key aim in recruitment to this programme. We welcome applications from students with ethnically diverse backgrounds, mature students and international students. The primary criterion above minimum levels is the potential of the individual to benefit from the course.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks:

All students are required to ensure that they have enhanced DBS certification prior to enrolment.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Employability is central to the course both within the curriculum and in the extra-curricular activities promoted by the course team. By undertaking this course your future career prospects are supported and enhanced. Visiting speakers from a range of disciplines within the Early Years field will support your awareness of professional practice in context. The course team works closely with the Careers and Recruitment Service of the University and Partner College careers services to promote future employment. On successful completion of the foundation degree you will have the right of entry to the Universitys bespoke progression award, the BA (Hons) Applied Early years Studies. Completion of this course will allow you look for graduate careers in the sector. The work based learning units will allow you to see the links between theory, policy and practice and facilitate a deeper understanding of the workplace.

The degree will support you in your workplace and will prepare you for a potentially wide range of careers across the Early Years field.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research

Location

Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer.

..it brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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Early Years Studies - FD of the Arts

Early Years Studies - FD of the Arts

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