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FdA Early Years (Lewisham Southwark College)

Further your career in the early years sector with this early years foundation degree. Build on your existing knowledge and experience to develop innovative and effective teaching methods.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • You'll develop innovative and effective teaching and learning in the Early Years sector
  • This course is designed to enable Early Years practitioners and educators to build on the knowledge and experience they have built in their existing employment and raise their level of professional qualification to Foundation Degree Level
  • Advance your career prospects while building experience in your current settings

Partner College

Lewisham and Southwark College

Attendance

Overview

This course is designed to enable Early Years practitioners and educators to build on the knowledge and experience they have built in their existing employment and raise their level of professional qualification to Foundation Degree Level. This is done both through practical application and academic study. 

Since this higher level of study enhances the quality of children's experiences in Early Years care and education, the course offers practitioners a route into Higher Education without the need to leave paid employment and be removed from current issues and responsibilities.

Aims of the course
  • To meet the needs of staff employed in children's services towards integrated multi-agency workforce led by graduate leaders
  • To combine university study and work-based learning to enable applicants to develop professionalism and advance their career prospects whilst maintaining their practice in their current settings
  • To develop innovative and effective teaching and learning in the Early Years sector
  • To build a community of learning to strengthen and develop the awe and wonder of education.

What you will study

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Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over, have 2 years' experience working with children, and be passionate about providing high quality care and education for children in their Early Years.

Additionally, to enroll you must meet the following:

  • Hold a Level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education or Access to Teaching or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent.
  • Hold GCSE English language/literature and mathematics at grade A*-C / 9-4 (or overseas equivalent). Functional Skills are not considered as equivalent.
  • Be working in an early-years setting with children under 8 for a minimum of 3 days per week on a paid or voluntary placement.
  • Have a letter from your employer agreeing day release.
  • A clean DBS.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information

Assessment

The range of assessment methods will include: verbal presentations, essays, reports, group projects, research projects, posters, group presentations, role play, electronic and reflective portfolios of practice.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the course, you could progress to a full BA Hons degree (e.g. BA Hons Early Year Top Up, the final year of BA Hons Childhood Status or BA Hons Education Studies) or an Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS). Career progression may lead to positions in management or senior practice.

Fees and finance

Eligible students can apply to Student Finance England for financial help for our courses. There are 3 main types of help:

  1. Tuition fees loans - to pay for the cost of the course.
  2. Maintenance loans - to help with living expenses, e.g., books, travel, etc.
  3. Maintenance grants - to help with living expenses.

There's also extra help available. For example, if you have children below a certain age, you can apply for the Childcare Grant, or, if you have a learning difficulty or disability, for the Disabled Allowance.

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