Do you want to work with young children? Or maybe you already are? This exciting foundation degree can help you start or advance a rewarding career. It could also help you into further qualifications and even a teaching degree.
This course offers a higher-level qualification for anyone working as a teaching assistant, early years nursery worker or playworker. It’s also ideal if you want to study before starting your career.
You’ll learn about the education sector as well as child development, play, safeguarding and equality. There’s a strong focus on issues that are currently affecting early years, playwork and education services – as well as on your ability to carry out research.
With the support of a mentor, you’ll do work placements and record your progress in a professional development portfolio. You’ll develop a wide range of practical and analytical skills which are valued by employers, including the ability to think critically about your work and the setting you’re in.
Our friendly tutors all have experience of working in the education sector. They’re keen to see you succeed, and will give you regular, helpful support and feedback. Classes are generally small. You’ll study individually and in small groups to develop your flexibility, independence and teamwork.
When you graduate, you’ll have a foundation degree. You could then apply for a one-year top-up course to get a full honours degree.
This course will open up a number of career options. You’ll be able to apply for roles in nursery work, school support and playwork. It will also be an advantage if you want to do further study, such as topping up to a full honours degree in just one year.
The course has professional recognition. It takes into account the Children's Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.
University Centre Harlow (UCH) is a bright, modern campus with a range of top-class facilities.
Additional study information
Experienced early years professionals will teach you and you’ll have a personal tutor and learner mentor to guide you. We’ll also provide regular feedback and help you reach your maximum potential on the course.
Class sizes here are small and the practical exercises and seminars not only keep step with your academic studies but also focus on the very latest developments. We encourage our students to form study groups to discuss these issues and also to practise learning independently.
The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
You'll need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance in order to study this course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
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