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Ok so I have a BTEC national diploma in childhood studies and a BA hons in fine art and apart from not having my C in maths (a work in progress!) I am wondering what to move onto next once that's fine. I want to update my knowledge more than anything with an up to date qualification, I'm not sure if QTS would be the right move for me or even EYTS but what would keep me ticking over and possibly lead to something else if I do wished. Any suggestions?

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Foundation degree in early years? Have a look at the open university course details. I did it, as have several folk on here, and it's a very worthwhile course.

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Foundation degree in early years? Have a look at the open university course details. I did it, as have several folk on here, and it's a very worthwhile course.

Thanks, I have considered the foundation degree too, but not really known where to look for details.

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I did my foundation degree with Glyndwr Universtiy - it was an e-learning course, so all done online, although there were 3 optional study days at Wrexham per academic year (2 year course, but you have up to 5 years to finish it, I think). I found it fitted in with my life really well, as there was no having to go to college regularly, but you do have to be disciplined about getting the work done!

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I studied an FD at Canterbury Christchurch University (details - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/undergraduate/early-years-professional-studies-in.aspx) and am intending on returning in September for a year to complete my BA, with EYTS being acquired alongside it (the undergraduate route of this course - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/undergraduate/early-years-initial-teacher-training-early-years-itt.aspx). Those are both options available to you.

Since you already have a BA, have you considered an MA? (like this - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/early-childhood-education.aspx )

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I studied an FD at Canterbury Christchurch University (details - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/undergraduate/early-years-professional-studies-in.aspx) and am intending on returning in September for a year to complete my BA, with EYTS being acquired alongside it (the undergraduate route of this course - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/undergraduate/early-years-initial-teacher-training-early-years-itt.aspx). Those are both options available to you.

Since you already have a BA, have you considered an MA? (like this - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/early-childhood-education.aspx )

Hi Robo6692

I have but, I fear that I would only be able to do one in art which I don't want to do, also I graduated 10 years ago so I feel more confident working at foundation degree level.

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I have just completed my first year of my foundation degree with the Open University and really enjoyed it! the first year is a level 1 and i have not studied academically for years and it was I would say, well structured with excellent learning materials. The web site is very helpful as are the tutorials and forums. I know Open University and home study is not for everyone but I found it worked well with my family and other commitments.

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I did my degree in an unrelated subject literally decades ago, then did NVQ3 and followed with EYPS (the old EYTS). Can't you jump straight to EYTS whilst also doing GCSE maths?

Thanks for sharing your experience. im assuming that the EYTS one year route gives you up to date knowledge?

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I think you need the GCSE maths English (and science?) Before starting the EYTS and you will also need to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy at some point.

Worth double checking

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I did foundation degree through Hertfordshire University but taught option with Matrix in Norfolk. I needed that weekly contact with fellow students. I don't think I would have completed with Open University.

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I think you need the GCSE maths English (and science?) Before starting the EYTS and you will also need to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy at some point.

Worth double checking

Yes that's right, I have science and English at c and b so I'm ok there.I know you need to do the skills tests now with EYTS but I wonder if they are as strict as they are with the QTS in only being allowed to do them twice....
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