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This course combines work-based practice with academic study, so students are required to attend lectures and undertake a work placement in a suitable setting. This approach means that graduates are able to either embark upon their career immediately or continue their studies on a related Honours Top-up Degree.
You will gain a grounding in the key theories of child development and learning alongside studies of regulations including the English Early Years Foundation Stage and safeguarding. The course’s distinctiveness also stems from its discussions on ethical, environmental and holistic learning considerations in a childhood context.
The early years lecturing team at UCW have all been employed in the sector and maintain strong links with early years education providers, ensuring a broad range of work placements are available, and their combined experience and knowledge covers a wide range of specialisms.
Full-time: 2 years (4 days a week including work placement)
13th September 2021
Bath Spa University
Many of the students on this course aspire to further and postgraduate study and teaching roles, so you will undertake a substantial individual project on a topic of interest to develop your higher academic research and writing skills.
You will also hear from expert guest lecturers and, at an additional expense, be invited to go on daytrips and longer overseas residential visits. Students from this course have in recent years visited The Gambia, for example.
This Foundation Degree is delivered at our Knightstone Campus in the centre of Weston. Students on this course are also among the first to benefit from the teaching and learning spaces in the our new University Centre in the Winter Gardens, which is also in the centre of Weston.
UCW’s commitment to great graduate outcomes is underpinned by our students having access to a Careers Coaching service for the whole time they are enrolled with us.
Please contact the course leader Mark Wilkins or UCW’s HEART team if you have any questions. It would also be great to see you at our next Open Day, where you can see our facilities and also meet the team.
What's it like
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Delivered in partnership
This course is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.