This award is recognised throughout the UK by both employers and universities as a high level qualification.
When completed as a two-year programme of study with the Year Two Advanced Technical Diploma, it is widely accepted for entry to universities and for employment as a fully licensed practitioner.
In addition to classroom-based studies, a large part of your time will be spent on a work placement, where you will develop your practical skills.
You must have attained five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths (grade 4 or above).
You will study at College for three days a week and will spend the other two days on placement within an Early Years setting. At College, you will cover units centred on four key themes:
Each unit is assessed separately through a variety of methods including portfolios, assignments, presentations, displays and a controlled assessment (a piece of work completed under exam conditions over a period of time).
Your practical skills will also be assessed in your work placement.
You need flat shoes and smart trousers and you should purchase a placement top from College.
You should also have an A4 ring folder, pens and paper. In addition, you will need to pay for your DBS check.
From time to time, there may also be educational visits, which would incur a (subsidised) cost.
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.