January & September
Do you want to work with young children? Or maybe you already are? This exciting foundation degree can help you start or advance a rewarding career. It could also help you into further qualifications and even a teaching degree.
Fri, Jul 1st, 2016
£3,750 per year
This course offers a higher-level qualification for anyone working as a teaching assistant, early years nursery worker or playworker. It’s also ideal if you want to study before starting your career.
You’ll learn about the education sector as well as child development, play, safeguarding and equality. There’s a strong focus on issues that are currently affecting early years, playwork and education services – as well as on your ability to carry out research.
With the support of a mentor, you’ll do work placements and record your progress in a professional development portfolio. You’ll develop a wide range of practical and analytical skills which are valued by employers, including the ability to think critically about your work and the setting you’re in.
Our friendly tutors all have experience of working in the education sector. They’re keen to see you succeed, and will give you regular, helpful support and feedback.
When you graduate, you’ll have a foundation degree. You could then apply for a one-year top-up course to get a full honours degree.
As you move through the course, we’ll check your progress regularly to make sure you’re achieving milestones, and getting any extra support you may need. There are no exams, but you’ll be assessed on written work. This will include essays, a reflective diary, reports, presentations, web discussions and a professional development portfolio.
Experienced early years professionals will teach you and you’ll have a personal tutor and learner mentor to guide you. We’ll also provide regular feedback and help you reach your maximum potential on the course.
You will have access to Anglia Ruskin University's extensive digital library. This means that you can download all the learning materials you need, enabling you to study whenever and wherever suits you. You will also be able to visit our on-site libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
This award will equip you for a career in childcare and education as a senior practitioner. It is a nationally recognised award for Early Years practitioners offering progression routes onto an Honours degree.
Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.
As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.
To find out more please visit our careers advice page.
To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview.
You'll need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance in order to study this course.
This course costs £3,750 per year.
Student loans are now available to cover the cost of studying this course. Subject to eligibility, terms and conditions. Also, ask us about payment by instalments.