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Childhood Studies Year 1: Foundation Degree - CCCU

Thursday 13 September 2018
17:00 - 20:00
108 Hours / 36 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

£6350.00 Course symbols: N I Q

Course description

First year of the 2 year work based Foundation Degree course, providing an exciting local opportunity for those currently working with young people or children in an educational or childcare setting to develop their professional understanding, knowledge and skills. Taught modules will usually consist of 7 sessions of 'academic direction' which will include face-to-face teaching and on-line 'blended learning' activities. Saturday sessions may be applicable for some modules. Entry requirements: a minimum of 6 months experience (this can be cumulative) and you should be working in a child or youth related setting on a paid or voluntary basis for at least 15 hours per week. Initial enquiries as to eligibility direct to Canterbury Christ Church. Email: fdcs.education@canterbury.ac.uk. Student loan finance available.

Entry requirements

a) A GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) in English Language OR Functional Skills English Level 2 (with the expectation that you will independently complete the English Equivalency test, or an English GCSE during the course of the programme).

b) An A level (or equivalent) or be expected to obtain this qualification prior to the start of the programme.

c) Be employed, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, for at least 15 hours per week working with children or young people in an educational setting.

d) Experience of working for 6 months (or an equivalent time) either in a paid or in a voluntary capacity, prior to entry, with children or young people in an educational setting.


E) Have the active support of your employer, who must sign the application form and the learning agreement.

What you will learn

The first year of the course will consist of six modules: 

1. Introduction of Childhood Studies. 

2. Growth and Development. 

3. Language Development and its Place in Learning. 

4. Developing Positive Behaviour. 

5. Supporting Children Learning Mathematics. 

6. Additional Educational Needs.

 How you will learn on this course

Twilight sessions are delivered by a joint team of Canterbury and College tutors, with support from University library staff as appropriate. Sessions are a combination of lectures, small group tasks, discussions and practical activities. Each module has a set of work-based research tasks that are required to be completed by the learner in the work setting. Learners are expected to make use of University Library facilities to complete research and reading to support academic study and in preparation for session. Each module has an assignment which will be submitted via the University’s online system. Full details for each module will be shared with learners during twilight sessions. 

How you will be assessed on this course

PLO6 - knowledge and critical understanding of the well- established principles in childhood studies and the way in which those principles have developed. 

PLO7 - successful application of the underlying concepts and principles, knowledge and skills of the childhood studies programme to the workplace. 

PLO8 - knowledge and understanding of research methods in childhood studies and the ability to critically evaluate and apply these methods in a range of contexts. 

PLO9 - effective communication of information to professional, academic and non- specialist audiences. 

PLO10 - the ability to utilise opportunities for lifelong learning through personal and professional development.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)

After two years of study you will achieve a Foundation degree in Childhood Studies.

What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Each module has an assignment task. Work-based research tasks will be carried out in the setting and completed tasks used to support the end of module assignment. Reading in preparation for each session and follow up reading is required for each session. This will be guided by the tutor.

What you need for your course

Much of the paperwork and reading material will be made available to learners through Christchurch Canterbury Blackboard (VLE). Learners are expected to download and print relevant material from Blackboard – this will be guided by the tutor.

What you need to bring to the first class

You will need to bring note paper, pens and pencils with you to every session. A lever arch file is recommended for filing notes and paperwork for each module.

What you can do next

Successful completion of modules in Year 1 will give learners 120 Level 4 Higher Education credits. Learners can then progress to the second year of the course, at Level 5.

Once the course is finished, you will have the opportunity to enrol on one year of further study for the BA Hons (Top Up) Childhood Studies. 

Additional information - General

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor may ask you to complete a Student Learning Record (SLR) and agree your personal learning goals. This paperwork is a requirement of the College’s Quality Improvement Programme.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking