Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 5 Part-Time Evening Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

This course is for people who work with children in education and care settings and who want to enhance their skills and career prospects and further their studies whilst still in work.

The part-time format of the course allows you to fit it alongside a job within education and care.

The course mixes academic rigour with practical skills that you can apply directly to your workplace. You will study six modules each academic year. There is a strong emphasis on personal development.

In the final year you will design and carry out a project on a topic of personal interest that can be related to your day-to-day employment.

The course leads to a Foundation Degree qualification that will enhance your professional standing in the workplace and make you a more valuable employee. It can also help open doors to new opportunities in the education and care of young people.

You will need to be in relevant employment, or volunteer in an appropriate setting where you work with children or young people.

You should have a suitable Level 3 qualification, as well as GCSE English and Maths qualifications at grade 4 or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications.

Course entry is subject toa successful interview.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 5550.00 *subject to change The fees are currently £5,500 per 120 credits. It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Financial support: For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page.

All teaching will take place in the classroom and you will also be expected to use your experience within the workplace to inform your learning.

Independent learning:
When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the facilities available to you at Sunderland University.

Overall workload:
Your overall workload consist of class contact hours, around 15 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity.

Academic support:
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff:
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module.

Assessment methods include formal written tasks, collaborative group presentations, independent learning, poster presentation, extensive research and enquiry, debated issue and the completion of an individual research project in year 2.

The grades from formal assessment count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:
100% of the course is assessed by coursework.

You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback in line with the policy of Sunderland University.

Sessions are 6pm-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during term time

The course covers key areas including:

- The curriculum
- Diversity and inclusion
- Creativity and thinking skills
- Childhood transitions
- Safeguarding children
- Social policy and child well-being
- The use of ICT within the curriculum
- Research project

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector. The modules on the course are each worth 20 credits and are as follows:

Year 1 Level 4 -
- CHS 164 Study and Self (study skills)
- CHS 166 Human Development, Transitions and Change
- CHS 167 Diversity and Inclusion
- CHS 165 Thinking Skills, Creativity and Problem Solving
- CHS 169 The Social Context of Childhood
- CHS 168 Understanding the Curriculum

Year 2 Level 5 -
- CHS 271 Social Policy and Children's Well-Being
- CHS 275 Project Design and Development
- CHS 272 Professional Practice in Safeguarding of Children and Young People
- CHS 273 Working Relationships
- CHS 274 Learning Technologies
- CHS 276 Project

All modules are compulsory.

University of Sunderland

Our HE Academic Support Tutor can provide help with study skills, written English, academic writing, research skills, critical thinking and revision, assessment and examination skills.

What’s next?

After successfully completing the course, you will be able to top #-up your foundation degree to a full BA Hons at the University of Sunderland, taking the Childhood in Society 1 year (full-time) or 2 year (part-time) route.

Alternatively, you could choose to continue your studies at Washington campus through the University of Cumbria on the BA Hons in Working with Children and Families 1 year (full-time) route.

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