Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning
This course is delivered in partnership with the University of Reading and is an ideal opportunity to study for a degree alongside working with children in an Early Years setting or at a school. The course is work-based and the lessons and assessments are designed to benefit your professional development; giving you relevant knowledge and experience to enhance your work with parents, understanding child development and supporting inclusive and diverse practice.
You spend the first two years studying at BCoT one afternoon/evening per week. There is then the opportunity to spend the final year at the University of Reading to ‘top up’ to a full BA (Hons) degree. This course provides the ideal opportunity to work towards a degree alongside relevant employment and is less than the cost of a traditional degree programme at a university. This can lead to a qualified teacher's status and promotion within a nursery or primary school.
The benefits of this course include:
- Work towards a degree-level qualification alongside your job.
- Learn locally in a comfortable and supportive setting.
The course is two years and covers different modules:
Year 1 (Level 4)
- Professional Skills in the Children's Workforce
- Theories of Development and Learning
- The Child in Society (1)
- Working in Partnership with Parents
- Learning Spaces
- Creativity and Critical Thinking.
- Practitioner Research
- Child in Society (2)
- Supporting Development and Learning for 0-11 years
- Leadership in the Children's Workforce
- International Perspectives
- The first 2 years are half the price of studying a normal degree (£4675 per year as opposed to £9000; please note the final year is costed by Reading as is subject to change)
- Work towards a degree-level qualification alongside your part-time job. Learn locally.
- GCSE: English Language at grade C (4) or Level 2 equivalent
- Additionally, students will normally achieve: a Level 3 qualification in a work-related area or equivalent, GCSE Mathematics at grade C (4) or Level 2 equivalent.
- Students must be in relevant employment, working or volunteering with children between the ages of 0-11 years for a minimum of 18.5 hours a week, a reference from the setting that supports your application. Students are normally working in early years, primary schools or SEN settings.
- At least two years experience (which can be voluntary, or part of a vocational qualification) of working directly within the Children's Workforce, for example, in a registered early years setting or in a school as a teaching assistant.
The course is assessed through assessments, including essays, reports, presentations and an electronic portfolio. There are no exams and as a work based degree you will have a mentor in your work place, who will then assess you through Guided Professional Discussions. You and your mentor will be fully supported by your Link Tutor.
Where does this course lead to
Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning have a priority place when applying for the full BA (Hons) degree in Children's Development and Learning at the University of Reading. Once this is completed, students often continue studying to undertake a teaching qualification, including Early Years Teacher and Qualified Teacher Status. The opportunity to spend the final year at the University of Reading to 'top up' to a full BA (Hons) degree.
How to Enrol
You can enrol directly on this course if you have the entry requirements. You will be contacted for a short interview with the course tutor before you start the course, and possibly invited into the College for a Taster Day.