This chapter explores the experiences of mature students whilst studying the Foundation Degree in Early Years (FDEY). Drawing on two research projects, responses from mature students were examined, where the focus was on analysing their emotional experiences whilst studying at degree level. The first study was carried out between 2012 and 2015, in which 42 mature students across three higher education institutions (HEI) in the South East of England were asked to write reflective account of their university experiences. The second study was carried out in 2020, in which 55 mature students participated in a survey addressing how the national lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic influenced their study. This chapter gives an insight to the multi-layered nature of mature students’ emotions highlighting the complex issues of how to balance the multiple demands of professional work, personal life and academic requirements. Additionally, the chapter addresses how the national lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic added to the already complex nature of university life. It is then linked to their personal achievement in education, which enhances the quality of the early years settings which is relational to the value of attending HEIs and gaining a degree. Consequently, despite switching to online learning, the course provided all participants with real depth of relevant knowledge, professional confidence and competence.
|Title of host publication
|The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners
|Subtitle of host publication
|An Essential Guide for the Foundation Degree and Levels 4 and 5
|Number of pages
|Published - 30 Mar 2023