What will I learn?

This course enables you to develop the skills to progress in your career working with children, alongside your job.It is aimed at early years and education practitioners who are working with children up to the age of 11 and requires you to attend for half a day (afternoon and evening) each week. You'll study through one of our partner colleges (see below).This vocational award is a work-based course, and your assignments and lessons are all designed to benefit your professional development. You'll build upon your experience through modules in areas such as child development, safeguarding, creativity and critical thinking, and working in partnership with parents. College sessions include lectures, as well as tutorials and seminars. The course also incorporates a great deal of group work, which will be an opportunity to share experiences with fellow professionals working in a range of settings.There is plenty of support available to help you get the most out of your course. You will be given a personal tutor who will have regular one-to-one meetings with you. You'll also nominate someone from within your own workplace, such as a manager or colleague, to become your mentor. Additionally, you'll benefit from small learning groups and access to facilities and support at your college and the University of Reading. Overall, 80% of our research outputs were rated world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).**Careers**This course aims to develop your reflective and analytical skills and increase your self-confidence. It will enable you to build on your experience as an early years care and/or education practitioner and develop new strategies for supporting children and working alongside colleagues and parents.As a graduate you will be well-placed to take on increased responsibility within the workplace and move into management roles. You may also decide to study for further professional qualifications. For example, you could take a year-long top-up course (based on 1 day's attendance each week at the University of Reading) to turn your Foundation Degree into a BA. This will give you further opportunities for professional development, for example, gaining Early Years Teacher Status or Qualified Teacher Status.This course is run in collaboration with our partners: Basingstoke College of Technology, Berkshire College of Agriculture, Bracknell & Wokingham College, Newbury College, and Windsor Forest Colleges Group.For more information and application packs please contact:Newbury Collegewww.newbury-college.ac.uk+44 (0) 163 584 5000

Which department am I in?

Newbury College

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
Standard fees for international undergraduate students starting a new programme in the 2021/22 academic year are £17,320 a year for Band 1 subjects (which are all non-laboratory courses, including all International Foundation Programmes) and £20,830 a year for Band 2 subjects (courses involving significant laboratory study or workshop content).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2022


Newbury College

Monks Lane,


West Berkshire,

RG14 7TD, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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