Duration: 2.5 Years Part-time
Number of weeks: 34
Start date: 12th September 2017
End date: 12th June 2018
Time: 09:00 - 15:00
Information Event: Y
Fee for 2017/2018 Academic Year:
The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies will provide you with the opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of early years and related issues, enabling you to become a competent and well qualified Early Years Practitioner. It will also give you a nationally recognised qualification and evidence of your ability to work in the Early Years sector. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to progress to year 2 of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course at Stranmillis University College.
You will study 12 modules in total, for example:
- Child Development
- Professional Practice
- The Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills
- Learning Through Play
- Quality Provision in Early Years
- Historical Overview of the Development of Early Years Provision
- Safeguarding Children
- Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour
- Working with Children with Additional Needs
- Anti-Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years Environment
- Science and Technology in the Early Years
Assessment methods include assignments, case studies, practical exercises, presentations, examinations and placement assessments.
The application process involves completion of the Stranmillis application form which will be emailed to applicants.
You must have achieved a minimum of 4 passes GCSE grade C or above, which must include English Language and Mathematics (please note that Essential Skills Communication is acceptable, however Essential Skills Numeracy is not) and one of the following: BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Early Years or appropriate Cache Diploma in Child Care and Education or NVQ level 3 Qualification CCLD/EYCE or Classroom Assistant or Teaching Assistant or 2 A levels or other appropriate qualifications at this level.
Students who have achieved a recognised Access Course (minimum of 55%) will also be eligible to apply.
Graduates will have the opportunity to apply to year 2 of the full time BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Degree course at Stranmillis University College. This degree is also offered in part-time mode of study at Stranmillis and Foundation Degree graduates may wish to consider this option for progressing their studies. Please note that onward progression to a postgraduate teaching qualification in Northern Ireland requires applicants to have GCSE English, Maths, and Science at grade C or above or specified equivalent qualifications.