Education: Early Years and Primary - FdA
Why study this course?
The Education: Early Years and Primary sector foundation degree builds on your experience of working in an education setting by engaging with academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education. As part of the course you'll learn new skills and develop your knowledge of working in the primary education and early years sectors with 3 to 11-year- olds. The course will increase your understanding of teaching techniques and will develop a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education in order to increase the impact of learning and teaching in schools and early years settings. The course includes on-the- job training supported by a mentor at work, which will also enable you to add value to your workplace by putting what you learn on the course into practice, as well as ensuring you will be well equipped for further career progression.
This foundation degree in learning and development focuses on working with 3 to 11-year-olds and is ideal if you're a practitioner supporting teaching and learning in a primary school classroom or early years education setting and want to progress in your career.
We’ll build on your previous primary and early years education experience by combining both theoretical and work-based learning. This will increase your understanding of the complexities underpinning teaching techniques and the experience of work with children in education.
The new perspectives you’ll develop include a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education and how you can increase the effectiveness of your teaching and a child’s learning in school. The course promotes a view of education as a holistic experience in which teaching and learning are inextricably linked to feelings and thinking.
The course team will draw on theoretical perspectives including education, wellbeing, psychology, sociology and social policy, while specific topics covered will include political and pedagogical curriculum approaches, differentiation and inclusion, the role and value of reflection in scaffolding children’s learning and development.
The Education: Early Years and Primary Sector FdA has been developed to meet the needs of qualified education practitioners working across a diverse range of education sectors, including primary, early years and health care settings. It includes on-the- job training and support from a mentor at work to enable you to be better placed to contribute to the successful development of primary school or early years learning environments as well as your own personal professional progression.
Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become an informed practitioner, manager, teacher of childhood teaching and learning environments.
The course is assessed using a variety of methods over the two years of study, including essays, reports, projects, oral presentations, observations, reflective journals and an online discussion forum.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a pass in professional skills tests for literacy and numeracy
- a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg a London Metropolitan University Health Check) which you will be advised to apply for after an offer is made
- GCSE English, Mathematics and Science grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent, see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers
We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.
The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:
- you must take and pass the Professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
- you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country
Prior to the interview for this course, London Met strongly recommends:
- you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience in a school
- you are prepared for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
- you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
- you're aware you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, so please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience
Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required.
Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. EU nationals may be considered for admission, as well as overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
- Personal and Professional Development: How Adults and Children Learn
- Educational Issues and Practice: Children’s Development and Learning
- Understanding Behaviour: Challenging Inequalities in Education
- Balanced Curriculum: Pedagogical Approaches to the Curriculum in the Education Sector
Year 2 modules include:
- Language of Science and ICT in Primary and Early Years Education
- Supporting Numeracy and Literacy in Multilingual Settings
- Protecting Children’s Health and Wellbeing in Education Settings
- Qualitative Education Research in Theory and Practice
You can undertake a variety of career paths on completion of the course, including leading positions in either early years or primary school settings. Some of our past students have gone on to specialise in a particular area, such as special educational needs, literacy and numeracy in education, safeguarding children in education settings or other organisations, while others have taken up strategic management posts in local authorities and government departments.
A high number of former students continue their professional studies and go on to study the Education Studies BA (Hons) or Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) at London Metropolitan University, while many others choose to apply for one of our teacher training courses.
This course is offered only through one of London Metropolitan University's collaborative partners, City and Islington College. Teaching will take place at the College, but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University and you'll receive your award certificate from the University when you graduate.
You will have a London Met student card that will grant you access to our libraries, and you'll be eligible for student membership of our sport and fitness facilities. You'll have the best of both worlds, as you'll also be able to take advantage of the City and Islington College library and IT facilities, including free on-site Wi-Fi and a virtual learning environment, so you can access course materials and assignments online even when you’re not at College.
At City and Islington College you'll benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-ones and group tutorial sessions. City and Islington College advisers can also provide support with any out-of-College matters, including accommodation and financial concerns, as well as careers guidance.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.