Develop your understanding of working with primary-aged children, on our two-year foundation degree course. It's a great option if you're already working in an early years setting or primary school.
Develop your understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of working with primary-aged children. Many of the lectures and assignments will build on your current knowledge and experience.
Modules span a wide range of topics, from childhood learning and development to safeguarding; research methods to professional practice. All of which will provide a solid basis for professional development and further level 6 study.
Alongside lectures, you’ll learn on the job, so you’ll need to have or get a support role (paid or voluntary) in an early years or primary setting.
By the time you complete the course you’ll be able to work confidently in a variety of early years and primary settings, understand the relevant regulations and above all, be able to provide high-quality care and education to young children.
The course will also develop your learning skills – and provides a solid foundation for level 6 studies, teacher training or academic research in the early years sector.
This course is excellent preparation for any number of early years and primary roles, as well as further study and teacher training.
We’ll assess your progress using a mixture of coursework and essays, module assignments and activity-based work. The professional practice modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
A minimum age of 18. 48 UCAS tariff points. GCSE(s) required: GCSE at grade C or above in English (or any other Level 2 English qualification), appropriate Level 3 Integrated Qualifications Framework (IQF) Qualification (CWDC) with current or recent experience in childcare.
Access to a suitable children's and young people's working environment. Commitment to study and work in the sector. A minimum of 400 hours working in a suitable children's workforce environment; this is flexible and the breadth of students' expertise/experience will be considered. Commitment to the work experience component. ICT competence sufficient to make effective use of word-processing and email facilities. Access to ICT facilities at home and/or in the workplace. Qualifications can also be evaluated for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service check) required.
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.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
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