The Foundation Degree in Children’s and Young People’s Services (Teaching Assistant or Early Years pathway) is suitable for practitioners and student practitioners working with children or young people from birth to nineteen years in a wide variety of educational settings. This Foundation Degree enables both qualified practitioners already employed in the children’s and young people’s service sector and full time student practitioners to develop further academic and vocational knowledge, skills and understanding and to apply these in their work with children and young people.
The Foundation Degree Module Framework is comprised of a set of common core modules which share the same philosophies, understandings and values for practitioners working in an integrated children’s and young people’s service. A number of specialist practitioner modules have been designed so that they meet the specific personal, professional and employment needs of Teaching Assistants and those wishing to specialise in Early Years.
What will be studied?
For the teaching assistant pathway, modules for the first year include:
· Starting to Study
· Work Based Reflective Practice 1
· Equality and Diversity
· Integrated Services
· The 0-19 curriculum
· Work Based Reflective Practice
· Supporting Teaching and Learning.
For Early Years Practitioners, the Supporting Teaching and Learning and one other module is changed to suit the needs of the cohort and their particular setting.
Following on from this and building on the skills and knowledge developed in year 1, the modules for year 2 include:
· Working with Parents and Carers
· Understanding Behaviour, Research Methods
· Work Based Reflective Practice 2
· Secondary Research
· Children’s and Young People’s Family Rights Personal development planning (PDP) is threaded throughout the foundation degree and students are required to reflect on their personal and professional development and vocational practice through work-based learning and assessment.
**Caveat: the availability of modules at any stage in a particular year is dependent upon staff resources and sufficient student demand.
How will I be assessed?
The programme can be completed in two years, full time. Each module (20 credits) requires 200 hours of student effort, normally over a period of 12 weeks. Modules are units of study that are, to a significant degree, free standing in terms of content, teaching and assessment. If you pass a standard module you will be awarded 20 credits. Assessment is by written assignment.
The course is delivered full time over two years by face to face delivery with learning materials to support and work based practice. Students will have access to both the University of Derby online library and a range of services provided at the College.
Our entry requirements are usually 80 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent qualifications, such as a BTEC National Diploma, Scottish Highers etc. If you've completed an Access/Foundation course, we also accept these qualifications.
You should already be working in the sector for two days per week, or have a relevant vocational level 3 qualification, and be doing two days voluntary work in the sector.
In addition we would expect that you have GCSE maths and English at grade C or equivalent.
We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from enrolling on this programme. You'll need to come in for an interview, before we can make an offer
Students who gain the Foundation Degree may wish to apply to top up to a full BA (hons) Degree in Education which is also delivered at the College.