This is a work-based course. You will attend St Mary's University one day a week whilst employed in work with children and young people for at least half of the week (in either a paid or voluntary capacity).
Why study Early Years Education?
Early Years Education gives those already working in education the opportunity to gain a vocational foundation degree (FdA) by part-time study.
The programme provides opportunities for people working directly with children, or those working in other educational support roles, to build their knowledge and experience through study at higher education level. The programme, which will help to enhance your understanding of your current professional role, can be completed in a minimum of two years part-time study.
This course aims to build self-confidence in the workplace and at home. The current emphasis on the development of the school workforce as a whole has been one of the driving forces behind this degree.
Early Years Education will open up a range of opportunities in the education sector.
Why St Mary's?
Successful completion of this programme leads to the award of a foundation degree in Early Years Education.
There is then an opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years Education (Work-Based Route), a one year enhancement programme. This may be followed by a route into teaching to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The course is taught using a range of teaching methods including presentations, discussions, small group work, observations and practical work-based activities.
You are expected to bring your own work experiences into the discussions and to relate this to the academic theories to which they will be introduced.
A virtual learning environment will support you throughout the course with an appropriate range of resources. Tutorials will be used throughout the programme to support your learning experience.
All assignments are designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and use of transferrable skills in teaching children, linking the theory with the practical.
A range of assessment methods are used, these may include both group and individual presentations, practical visual presentations (posters, leaflets, 3D display, use of green screen) essays, case studies and portfolios.
- You will attend St Mary's University one day a week throughout this work-based course
- Successful completion of the course allows the opportunity to progress on to our one BA in Early Years Education (Work-Based Route) enhancement
- This can be followed by a route into teaching to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus