Foundation Degree Children's and Young People's Services - Vision West Nottinghamshire College - Mansfield
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Foundation Degree Children's and Young People's Services

Overview

The demand for highly-qualified practitioners to work with children, young people and their families is rapidly increasing. The need to utilise and develop the skills of current practitioners is vital to the growth and improvement of this rewarding and demanding sector.

The Foundation Degree in Children’s and Young People’s Services has two pathways: Early Years or Teaching Assistant. You will study modules that relate to both areas alongside pathway specific modules.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

Entry requirements

All appropriately qualified applicants will be invited to an interview. Full-time applicants will have secured two days in an appropriate placement linked to their chosen pathway. Part-time applicants must be employed within the early years sector or as teaching assistants.

To start this course you will normally be expected to have successfully completed at least one of the following:

  • At least 80 UCAS points (200 as per 2016 tariff) points at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • CACHE Diploma in a related subject at grade C or above.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMM profile or above.
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualification (normally at merit grade).
  • Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.

For the full-time programme we also require five GCSEs, including English language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above. For part-time applicants who are currently employed within the sector, equivalences will be considered.

Employment or work placement within the sector is a mandatory requirement and candidates are required to source their own work placement if they are not currently employed. Support to source a placement will be available if necessary.

You will also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to undertaking this course.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs:  Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc. £44 on DBS check.

Recommended: Overseas perspectives visit: £450 plus living costs/spending money.

 

How to apply

All full-time course applications are made through UCAS, ''clicking'' on apply below will take you to the UCAS website.

All Part-time course applications are through the college website.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
11/09/2017Wed,Thu
09:00 - 15:00
302 yr(s)1011D1072£5950.00Apply online
08/01/2018Mon
16:30 - 20:30
303 yr(s)1011D1117£3150.00Apply online
17/09/2018Wed, Thu
TBC - TBC
302 yr(s)1011D1071£6750.00Apply
17/09/2018Mon, Tue
TBC - TBC
302 yr(s)1011D1072£6750.00Apply
08/01/2019Wed
TBC - TBC
303 yr(s)1011D1118£3500.00Apply online

How long is the course?

This programme lasts for two years full-time and three years part-time. You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside of the classroom.

Full-time students will have two days in college, a study day and two work placement days per week. Part-time students will attend one twilight per week and be employed for at least two full days within the sector or equivalent.

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How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include written reports, presentations, case studies, essays and reflective statements. Where modules are work-related, assessment will relate to your own organisation (where appropriate) and/or vocational setting.

What does the course lead to?

If you are seeking employment, the children and young people's workforce includes a wide range of workers, jobs and professional occupations, including:

  • Early years and childcare - early years/nursery teachers, nursery nurses/workers, portage workers, nannies.
  • Children and young people's social care - children and family court advisory and support service officers, foster carers, residential childcare workers, children and family social workers.

What will I study?

The foundation degree consists of 12 modules which include:

  • Starting to Study
  • Work-Based Reflective Practice 1 and 2
  • Equality and Diversity
  • The Curriculum 0-19
  • Integrated Services
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Children, Young People and Family Rights
  • Children's and Young People's Health and Well-Being
  • Secondary Research

Pathway modules include:

  • Early Years Provision and Practice or
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning

Module titles subject to change.

What can I go on to study?

On successful completion of the foundation degree, possible routes to further study include the following:

  • BA (Hons) Education Studies (top-up) (available at Vision University Centre)
  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies at the University of Derby
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at the University of Derby
  • BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability at the University of Derby 
  • A relevant programme at another institution.

All progression routes will be subject to entry requirements.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email the HE team at heteam@wnc.ac.uk

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