If you are currently working in the care industry and would like to develop your skills further, we have a range of courses on offer to help you do just that.

Available Courses

Level 4 / 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years

Level 4 – Start date: September 2018 | Day of week: Fri | Time: 09.30-14.30 with extra tutorial sessions mutually agreed

Level 5 – Start date: September 2018 | Day of week: Weds | Time: 09.30-14.30 with extra tutorial sessions mutually agreed

  • Duration: Two years
  • Requirements: Applicants must be employed or volunteering in an early years setting for a minimum of 12 hours a week and hold a level 3 qualification in early years, plus either 2 GCSE’s at C and above or equivalent. Students with a Level 4 Childcare qualification can enter at level 5, subject to confirmation by the University of Chichester.
  • Content:
  • Level 4 units include:
    ■Developing Academic Skills
    ■Child Development
    ■Reflective Practice in Early Years Provision
    ■Safeguarding Children
    ■Working in Partnership with Families
    ■Learning through Play
  • Level 5 units include:
    ■Researching Early Years
    ■Independent Project or International Perspectives and Inspiring Curriculum
    ■Pregnancy, birth and Baby Care
    ■Understanding children’s Behaviour
    ■Health and Wellbeing of Young Children
  • Assessment: This course is assessed through a variety of assessments forms such as; reflective accounts, presentations, portfolio and essays.
  • Progression: You can progress to study the one year Top-Up BA (Hons) Early Childhood at Fareham College, the University of Chichester or another training provider.
  • Considerations: You must be prepared to carry out self study activities and occasionally travel to the University of Chichester.
  • Fees: £3,500 per annum. Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Why study this course?

The two year Foundation Degree in Early Years is an ideal next step if you are already working in an early years setting and would like to gain higher level skills in order to advance your career. Delivered in collaboration with the University of Chichester, this course offers the opportunity to progress on to a BA (Hons) Top-Up in Early Childhood Studies. Linking practice to theory at its core, with the support of experienced early childhood professionals from Fareham College and the University of Chichester, this course is ideal for passionate and committed early year’s practitioners. Combining your practical, work related skills with the theories and viewpoints of psychology, history, culture, sociology and social policy, to understand how children learn and develop from a wider perspective, you will advance your skills in critical analysis, reflection and independent thinking.

Why study at Fareham College?

You can achieve a full degree in Early Childhood at Fareham College in three years. The Foundation Degree in Early Years is an established programme at Fareham College, being delivered in collaboration with the University of Chichester since 2009. In 2016 Fareham College were approved by the University of Chichester to deliver the BA (Hons) Top Up in Early Childhood. With small class sizes you are guaranteed individual personal tutorial support and guidance in an adult friendly environment. Higher education students enjoy their own adult learning area on the top floor of one of the college buildings; have their own dedicated study area and access to an adult only restaurant. Parking on site is free and childcare is available from Kidz Inc, within the college, subject to availability. You can also study for your Maths and English courses for free, subject to terms and conditions. The college is located on public bus routes and is close to Fareham train station.

Level 6 BA (Hons) Early Childhood

Start date: 10.09.2018 – 20.05.201 | Mon | 19:30 – 14:30

  • Duration: One Year
  • Requirements: 240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5) in a related subject such as Early Childhood or Teaching and Learning Support. Alternatively, a relevant Foundation Degree in Early Childhood or a relevant Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning – or the International equivalent of 240 credits (120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5).
  • Details: The Top-up BA (Hons) Early Childhood programme explores the subject of children, childhood and families from both a national and global context and range of perspectives, such as philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological, cultural, educational, health, welfare, legal, political and economic. Significant government policy and provision will be critically examined in relation to each module.
  • Content: The units of study will include:
    ■ Early education in adventurous environment
    ■ Leading and managing professional practice
    ■ Independent project
    ■ Special needs and disability
    ■ Children’s literature and the media
  • Assessment: This course is delivered through presentations, portfolio, reports, exams and essays.
  • Progression: After successful completion of the Level 6 Top-up for BA (Hons) Early Childhood you may wish to continue your professional and academic development. Routes available include Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or a Masters in Early Years Professional Practice. Should you wish to consider EYTS you must have GCSE (grade 5 or above) or equivalent in Maths, English and Science to undertake this route.
  • Considerations: You must be prepared to carry out self study activities and occasionally travel to the University of Chichester.
  • Fees: £6000 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Funding Information

Applying for a course that has a concession?

Then the course could be free! Some courses are eligible for funding if you are an unemployed individual, on a state benefit* and you want to enter employment and need the skills from one of our funded courses to achieve this. * (Income Support (universal credit), Job Seekers, ESA contribution Based, ESA work related activity group. Includes SFA funded courses only. You must be aged 19-23 on 31 August 2014. You must produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you enrol. Concessions do not apply to higher education courses.

Full details regarding funding and eligibility will be provided upon application.

How do I find out what the fee for my course is?

The fee for your chosen course is listed in the individual course sections accessed on this page. It includes the cost of tuition plus the cost of any exam and registration fee charged by the exam board (if applicable).

Are there any other costs I may have to pay?

Some courses may require you to pay extra costs for things such as course books, trips, and specialist equipment or clothing. If your course has any additional costs, you will be notified before enrolment. You can also contact the College on call 01329 815 200 to find out more.

I’m an international student – are my course fees different?

If you have not been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for more than three years before the start of your course (excluding any time spent in full-time education), different course fees may apply to you – please call 01329 815 200 to find out more. Fareham College cannot sponsor Tier 4 student visas.

My employer is funding my course – what do I need to do?

You will need to complete an Employer Authorisation form, and return to the Enrolments team, and your employer will be invoiced accordingly.

How do I pay for my course?

You can pay by cash, cheque, credit or debit card. And for courses over £500 we offer a payment by instalment service to help spread the cost of your course. A £150 minimum deposit is required if you choose to pay by instalments. Please contact the College for more information.

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