Rosie Walker's view
In July 2013 I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to become Partnership Co-ordinator of the FdA Early Years programme.
This degree is delivered through six partner Further Education Colleges across 9 campuses. Student attendance includes part-time, full-time, evening and day and an online blended learning route. This is supported by University of Worcester Link Tutors and CEC partnership team comprising employers, LA representatives and University of Worcester staff.
Completion of the programme provides entry to BA (Hons) Top up degrees, Early Years Initial Teacher Training and Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Students come from workplaces in urban and rural settings which are socially diverse and from a range of experience: from mature experienced practitioners to those coming straight from A Level. Recent internal and external institutional review processes confirm the programme meets national quality requirements, is well managed and addresses the needs of students and employers.
At the University of Worcester we act as the administrative hub for the degree and support the colleges with all aspects of the delivery of the degree. The university appoints a Link Tutor to each college who acts as a bridge between the university and the college and ensures that consistency of delivery and that high standards are maintained.
Students are supported to progress from successful completion of the Foundation Degree to Top up courses in Integrated Working with Children and Families or health and Social Care. Students tell us that this degree is transformational in terms of their personal and professional practice. One positive impact of the programme is that on completing the degree 95% of students undertaking the degree gain employment or promotion within the early years sector.
Early Years FdA - Flexible and Distributed Learning
The Foundation Degree in Early Years FDL enables you to combine academic study with work-based learning.
Developed to meet the diverse needs of students, this can be studied either on a full-time basis, over two years; or a part-time basis, over three years. The flexible delivery gives students the opportunity to study at a time that is best for them, with eight Face-2-Face workshops and Online Learning Activities throughout the year, supporting independent learning.
Work placement is an integral part of the award. The course covers all areas of the care and development of children that are necessary for working in the early years sector. It offers a route for experienced and committed early years practitioners to progress from level 3 to a foundation degree.
On the successful completion of your studies you will be able to progress onto the BA (Hons) IWCF top-up degree.
What our students say:
‘I would like to take the opportunity to share what a wonderful experience this has been for me … the design of this course has enabled me to embark on learning again. The on-line experience has made it possible for me to do this and engage with learning when I never thought it possible to do ... [and] the added opportunity to come to face to face sessions, take part in conferences and meet with fellow students has been brilliant. You all work so hard and all the tutors have inspired and supported me with my learning and well-being during this experience, so I send out a massive thank you to you all!’