University Calendar 2011/12
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Southampton Education School
Final Award Foundation Degree (Working with Children)
Programme(s) Working With Children (Working with Children)
Last modified May 2010
Reviewed in August 2011; no changes made

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
1.1 Entry Requirements
Applicants for admission shall normally:
  • be employed as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, child carer, early years assistant, play worker, pre-school leader, or similar;

  • have sufficient working experience to benefit from the foundation degree programme (normally two years, full- or part-time, paid or voluntary);

  • have appropriate educational qualifications (as defined in the admissions policy) and demonstrate academic readiness for study at HE level. (Normally NVQ3 or equivalent);

  • All applicants must have valid Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.
1.2 Equal Opportunities
In line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy, individuals are treated on their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the module, School and University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no prospective student or current student should receive any less favourable treatment on any grounds which are not relevant to academic ability and attainment. Every effort is made to ensure that disabled students are aware of and assisted in making use of the support provided by the University; to ensure access to lectures, classes, learning materials; and to ensure that where necessary appropriate variations to normal examining arrangements are made.
1.3 APEL
Where candidates have completed a course at another institution which is considered to be of equal standard as Level 1 of FdA WWC, and if it is in a relevant subject area, then they may be considered for Advanced Standing, whereby they might commence at Level 2. Each applicant must apply to the Programme Director for individual consideration.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 This is a Part-time Programme. Contact time is one afternoon per week of 5 hours.
2.2 Students will normally complete the Programme within three years.
2.3 At Level 1 (which is taught in four partner FE Colleges) there are seven compulsory modules, one of which is a double module. These amount to 120 CATS (60 ECTS) credit points overall. At level 2 there are three compulsory modules (one of which is double) and a number of optional modules from which a student may choose. Students must complete the three compulsory modules and four optional modules. These amount to a further 120 CATS (60 ECTS) credit points in all.

3. Progression
The programme follows the University of Southampton's regulations for progression. Upon completion of the programme, progression routes onto the BA Education & Training, and the BA Education & Training (Qualified Teacher Status) are available.

4. Assessment
4.1 Marking Scale
In accordance with University of Southampton regulations, the pass mark for assignments and modules is 40%. All assignments are marked on a percentage basis. Any work submitted late without an approved extension will be capped at 40%.
4.2 Fails, repeats and referrals
The programme follows the University of Southampton's regulations for fails, repeats and referrals.
4.3 Special Considerations
If a student misses an examination or assessed work through illness or other good reason, or under-performs for a specific period because of external factors, then that student can apply to the Special Considerations Board.
4.4 Examination Board
All students' performance shall be assessed by the Programme's Examination Board.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
5.1 To qualify for the award, students must successfully complete all seven modules taken at Level 2. If they wish to withdraw after successfully completing Level 1, they will, be entitled to the award of Certificate of Higher Education.
5.2 The final award is Pass/Fail only, with no distinctions or grades. The final award is awarded by Senate on the recommendation of School to candidates who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of study and have satisfied the assessment requirements.
5.3 Any appeals and complaints will be referred in accordance with the University of Southampton’s regulations.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Not applicable.

7. Other
7.1 These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.
7.2 Students should comply with the University’s regulations on attendance. Students’ attendance is monitored weekly. They are expected to attend at least 80% of the sessions for each module, except in agreed and/or unavoidable circumstances, such as illness. In the case of attendance of less than 50% the student will be required to repeat the module.

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