Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence (0-19) FdA
What makes Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence at Taunton special?
Our two year Foundation Degree is designed for those who wish to gain a higher level qualification in working with children and young people from the ages 0-19 years.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to gain an academic practice based qualification if you are working in the children and young people’s workforce. It is ideal for those working in; children’s social care, the ‘GetSet’ services, early years, play work, youth work, a youth offending team, a pupil referral unit, or as a childminder.
- Validated by the University of Worcester and run by Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning. Teaching is based in Taunton
- Work based foundation degree, with taught sessions held in the evening ideal for those already working in an aspect of children’s services, or those who would like to
- The foundation degree is a significant step towards acquiring a full honours degree in the future, with top-up options available in Worcester and the South West
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What qualifications will you need?
Mature students (over 21 years)
If you do not have formal qualifications a non-standard entry route is available.
Passes in grade C/4 and above in four GCSE subjects plus one A level at grade C or equivalent points (e.g. 2 AS levels at grade D).
All successful applications will be invited to attend a selection day prior to the start of the course. This gives you an opportunity to meet tutors, other students and find out more information about the course. You will be asked to prepare a short piece of writing prior to the session and you will be required to participate in a group discussion.
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What will you study?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The Foundation Degree in Learning and Development Early Years to Adolescence (FDEA) aims to provide staff working in the children and young people’s workforce an opportunity to gain a locally delivered foundation degree course, validated through the University of Worcester. It will also enable a progression route to a degree. The course aims to provide practitioners, with the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and experience and to further develop professional understanding, research and communication skills and values relevant to work in children’s services.
The University places emphasis on independent learning capabilities that will equip students for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables students to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable students to flourish and be successful.
Students are taught through small group lectures and seminars, experiencing a wide variety of learning and teaching activities designed to meet different learner styles. This will facilitate development of both subject specific knowledge and skills, and transferable knowledge and key skills.
Students will be allocated a personal academic tutor offering three individual tutorials across the academic year. Additionally, all of the tutors on the FDTL provide group and individual student support. This is done face-to-face and through email tutorials.
In a typical module students will have around 25 contact hours of teaching. Students will be expected to complete learning activities before and between sessions. In addition to this students are required to be in a work setting related to children and young people for a minimum of 10 hours a week. This can either as a paid member of staff or on a voluntary basis.
In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 20 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assessments.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional practitioners from across the fields of study covered by the degree programme. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy and is based on considerable experience of practices in the field.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include essay, reflective evaluation, portfolio, project and case study.
Submissions are spread throughout the academic year.
Students will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and students are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide Students with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
Where could it take you?
The Foundation Degree in Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence (0-19) makes a significant contribution to the workforce planning of schools, nurseries, local authorities and related agencies.
It contributes to the promotion of inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working. It also contributes to the requirement to develop career pathways, built on clearer relationships between qualifications that enable staff to progress within and across different sectors.
Completion of this foundation degree places you in a strong position to take advantage of these new career pathways in education and the wider children’s workforce.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in the academic year 2019/20 is £1,156 per 15 credit module and £2,313 per 30 credit module.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
UCAS course code: L530
Institution code: W80
Campus code: G
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
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