Early Childhood Studies Foundation degree (FdA) – Awarded by Staffordshire University
What is this course about?
Throughout this Foundation degree you will examine a range of areas and disciplines that focus upon a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary understanding of children, families, policy and practice. This course offers a holistic approach to understanding early childhood, relating appropriate theory to practice. You will look critically at the role of play, consider differing curriculum models and examine the impact of early childhood researchers, theorists and government legislation on current practices. Studies in the theory of childhood development and the rights and diversity of young people are complemented by a consideration of leadership in the workplace and a range of multi-professional perspectives to the field of early years.
The programme is studied over two years, with study time sub-divided into contact time and self-directed learning. The strategies for teaching and learning are designed to provide practical contexts for the analysis of contemporary issues and problems of a practical nature. You will also be required to complete work related tasks in all modules. This will provide you with the opportunity to link theoretical perspectives to your practice. It will also enable you to reflect on values, practices, assumptions and policies. Work-based activities, supported by a critical friend will help you to establish connections between practice and issues raised by the programme.
How is it taught
Case-study activities will be used to support the above approaches as a means of establishing connections between the workplace and issues raised by the programme. Methods will be chosen to achieve the acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding in order to develop an informed appreciation of practice. It must also be recognised that much learning will take place in the work place setting.
The theoretical perspectives explored will enable you to reflect upon and share your experience, and relate this to current thinking. You will be encouraged to develop your observational skills and to question your own practice and that of others, to investigate how this is influential in the development of the
How will I be assessed?
The assessment tasks set over the duration of the programme have been designed to develop and build upon a wide range of personal and professional skills, whilst strongly reinforcing links between theory and practical application. The assessment strategy has been constructed to reflect the changing role of the early childhood studies practitioner at all ages from 0-7.11 years, especially in the light of the Children
What else do I need to know?
Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resources Centres or one of the special study workshops in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience. The fee is per academic year. Financial support, including HE Loans may be available towards this cost and other expenses depending upon your personal circumstances. For more information please see http://www.stokecollege.ac.uk/hefinance. Application must be online through the Staffordshire University online system – see https://evision.staffs.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=DUSTC-07318ASE&code2=0002
What could I do next?
This programme is central to the government