The level 6 top-up course is a part time study programme, delivered on one evening per week over two years. There is an expectation that students will engage in self-directed independent learning to support achievement. Students will need to be employed or working as a volunteer over two days within a relevant educational setting. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual and accommodate different learning styles for example, case studies, assessments, group work, practical work, projects, extended writing and interactive activities.
Throughout the course you will study 5 modules in total. These include:
Political Ideologies in Education
This module will look at a range of political ideologies and their influence on educational policy, from 1976 with the government of James Callaghan through to the present day. A student will be able to assess the consequences of key policy changes on attainment and the concept of meritocracy. The module will also examine changes to the management structure of children and young people's education which have been based on political ideologies.
International Perspectives of Children and Young People’s Education
The aim of this module is to stimulate critical discussion and debate through identification and analysis of key issues related to national and international pedagogical approaches. It is intended that this area of learning, from research into effective practice and of key international influences on practice, will help students to understand the on-going debates into effective provision in children and young people's education.
Principles, Pedagogy and Discourse in Children and Young People's Education
This module will focus upon how a principled approach can be taken to children and young people’s educational practice and how this relates to the development of a pedagogical stance. This includes thinking philosophically and analysing the discourse used in exploring the principles that underpin current Curricular Frameworks and policy. Throughout the module links will be made to both theory and practice in the setting, giving a student the opportunity to develop their practice.
Planning, Delivering and Assessing Learning
This module will develop a student’s understanding of teaching in context. Students will explore theories and principles of learning and assessment and make links to their own practice in the setting. Key themes of this module include: implicitly and explicitly writing and delivering learning aims and objectives, working with learners as individuals, planning, delivering and assessing a microteaching session, assessment that supports learning, observing other teachers and reflective and evaluative writing.
Action Research in Educational Practice
Completion of this module supports students to develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of action research and students will carry out action research in an area of their own professional practice. Developing these skills will enable students to lead future practitioner research projects in their own subject specialism and demonstrate to employers the commitment to continual improvement of their practice.
If you are interested in making a difference to children and young people’s educational development then this is the course for you. You could be working with young children from birth to five years in early years, within a primary school or secondary school or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision.
This academic qualification will give you the knowledge and skills to move forward towards your goal with opportunities to link theory & practice and to share good practice with practitioners working in a range of settings.
The programme is open to students who have successfully completed Foundation Arts Degree (FDA) in Early Years or Teaching Assistance offered by Tameside College and University of Chester. The level 6 programme is also open to students who apply with an equivalent qualification providing the 240 credits APLC. Applicants with equivalent qualifications will also be considered.
Successful applicants would usually hold:
● Level 5 Fda in Early years/TA
● IELTS – 6, with no score lower than 5.5
● GCSE- mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent and English (science at grade 4/C if wishing to teach at primary school level; following completion of a PGCE qualification).
● The course is suitable for practitioners currently employed in a relevant setting. Consideration will also be given to volunteers currently working at least two days in a relevant workplace (i.e Early Years, Primary/Secondary school setting, children's home/childminder).
All candidates will complete the college's course application process which includes attendance at a course information session, where they will be asked to complete a short writing task, followed by a one to one interview.
● You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including discussions, case studies, presentations, extended written work and practical assessments in the setting.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:
● Employment within the Early Years /Teaching Assistant roles
● Progress into teaching through completion of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Early Years Qualified Teacher Status (EYQTS)
● Further study at Masters Level