You will study 120 credits per year of the course and the modules may include:
Year 1 (Level 4)
Skills for Academic Development (20 credits)
Develop your academic research, report writing, presentation, evaluation, and referencing skills that will allow you to succeed on this Foundation degree. You will also gain practical skills to become a reflective practitioner and effective decision maker.
Enabling Learning Environments (20 credits)
Gain an understanding of pedagogical practices to support young children’s learning and development. You will develop the skills to provide meaningful learning opportunities through planning supportive environments for learning and development. This module is linked closely with the Supporting Holistic Development module.
Supporting Holistic Development (20 credits)
Learn to recognise and plan for all areas of children’s development and to take into consideration the developmental stages and support needs of the child. Through the module you will gain knowledge of the theoretical perspectives of development and learning and the established patterns and sequences in children’s learning and development; physical; cognitive; linguistic; emotional and social development. This will include considerations of inclusion and inclusive practices, equality and diversity, and ethical practices.
Supporting the Unique Child (20 credits)
During this module you will further your knowledge of children with additional requirements and identify how to meet their needs promoting an inclusive environment. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to support children’s individuality to achieve their full potential.
Safeguarding (20 credits)
You will learn what is meant by safeguarding and how it is fundamental when working in any childcare profession. Explore and apply key theories, concepts and principles of safeguarding to contemporary practices, to support families within the legislative framework. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your own knowledge, skills, experience and professional values.
Developing Pedagogical Practice (20 credits)
This module will teach you the best practice in the early years and education sector and provide opportunities to help you develop these skills. You will evaluate theory, values and principles when planning learning opportunities for children and young people. You will also gain practical skills through the planning, preparing and delivering of a micro-teach that evidences effective communication and evaluation skills.
Year 2 (Level 5)
Learning in the Early Years (20 credits)
You will explore and critique historical and contemporary developments in technology that have changed the way in which the brain is understood and how children learn and evolve in the early years.
Speech and Language Development (20 credits)
Through this module you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to enable you to plan and appropriately support the acquisition and development of language in children.
Leadership and Management (20 credits)
Learn to reflect on your own personal and professional practice whilst developing the ability to identify and resolve issues that arise from working as part of a team. You will also explore key concepts and principles in leadership and management to help you advance in the childcare sector.
Research Informed Practice (20 credits)
This exciting module enables you to carry out a research project in the childcare sector to enhance professional practice. You will use the research skills you have gained to identify areas of professional practice in childcare and develop activities to promote specific learning. As part of the research project, you will reflect on your own research skills and make recommendations for professional development when conducting research.
Social Policy and Families (20 credits)
This module is designed for learners to acquire knowledge of social policy relating to children and families and to reflect on personal values and how these align with contemporary social policies. Develop your understanding of historical and contemporary social policy that shapes the social development of children and families.
Enhancing Professional Practice (20 credits)
Within this module you will carry out detailed evaluation of the professional skills and competencies required when working in the childcare and education sector, and evaluate your own personal and professional skills and knowledge relating to these. You will demonstrate how you have used reflective practice over the duration of the course and be able to provide evidence of your personal, professional, and employability skills as a reflective practitioner.