With a key focus on children's settings, care and development, this course is suitable for you if you want to continue into training for a caring role with children. It is also helpful if you are unsure about your future direction and want to find out about caring work with adults in the health and social care sector too.
All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential. You will need:
You will also need evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study, and will need to provide two references.
Topics and units include:
To support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also study and develop your maths and English skills.
You will need pens, paper and a folder to store your notes and work.
Former DCG student James Bates plans to train as a primary school teacher once he has finished his top up degree at the University of Derby.
James, who is 23 and from Belper, progressed to a degree in Early Childhood Studies after getting a distinction in his foundation course in Children and Young People’s Services at the Roundhouse.
James said taking the three-year foundation course had been a “great stop gap” between school and university.
He added: “A lot of what I learned at Derby College keeps cropping up on my degree course.
“If I’d gone to university straight from school, I think I would have struggled with the academic writing. I know I would have found that side so much harder.”
James did an apprenticeship in school sports before College, and because his foundation course was part-time, carried on working at a local primary school three days a week. He was also able to work for the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership which promotes sports in schools across the Dales and Hope Valley.
James is continuing to work as a Teaching Assistant and for the partnership while studying for his degree. As part of his College studies, James wrote an essay on the impact of Covid-19 on the role of teaching assistants.
A lot of what I learned at Derby College keeps cropping up on my degree course.
If I’d gone to university straight from school, I think I would have struggled with the academic writing. I know I would have found that side so much harder.