Part-time: 3-6 years (duration is dependent upon level of work-based learning and APEL)
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About this course

A core feature of our degree is that it offers wide access for students who would not normally be able to access university provision. Applicants are often working in some way, either as early years practitioners or as teaching assistants. The degree is a flexible programme of study for those in employment, so that they can ‘earn while they learn’ and it is designed for part-time study over three to six years. Currently, FdA Childhood Studies students are receiving some government support .

The overall aim of this programme is to foster a reflective approach to the common core of knowledge, understanding and skills which underpin work with young children. This helps produce graduates who have clearly developed value positions with respect to their professional attitude and understanding of the ecology of early childhood and who are knowledgeable and competent in a range of complex practical settings. Study requires students to engage with a wide range of relevant academic knowledge combined with its application in practical settings, in order to enable students to respond to future developments in the workplace. The programme takes a holistic view of childhood and considers both the education and care of children. 

Students complete three core modules at Level 4 and then choose one of two specialised pathways before studying the core Level 5 modules. 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements: It is expected that students will be qualified to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent and a range of qualifications are applicable. Previous work experience is recognised through APEL 

Part-time: 3-6 years (duration is dependent upon level of work-based learning and APEL) 

This programme is delivered at:
Basingstoke College of Technology (BCOT) Level 4 only
King Alfred Campus, Winchester 

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or equivalent 

Start dates: September