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 you will study:
For the teaching assistant pathway, modules for the first year typically* 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.
* Caveat: the availability of modules at any stage in a particular year is dependent upon staff resources and sufficient student demand.
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.
Any and all offers for a place on the programme are subject to final approval by the University of Derby before the course begins.
Students who gain the Foundation Degree may wish to apply to top up to a full BA (Hons) Degree in Education Studies which is also delivered at the College.