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Early Years Foundation Degree FdA


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This course will give you sound theoretical and practical knowledge including children’s rights, child health and wellbeing, family and cultural contexts, and the principles of inclusive practice. It is made up of both taught and work-based elements through which you can apply your knowledge to real work contexts.

Updated 22/07/2020

Key Facts

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  • Duration:

    2 years full time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

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  • 100% overall student satisfaction, NSS 2020
  • For those already working in an early years setting
  • Delivered as day release
  • Specialist focus on young children
  • Allows you to work while studying
  • On successful completion you can apply to top-up your qualification to a full honours degree
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course.*  (*Terms and Conditions apply)

Course Content

  • This Foundation Degree in Early Years recognises your knowledge and experience as a practitioner working with young children and babies from birth to the age of eight. It can also be the first step towards gaining a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and subsequent progression to Early Years Teacher Status (0-5), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or an MA in Social Work.

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    The focus of this course is to give you an understanding of a variety of contexts relating to young children and their families, with sufficient appreciation of reception and Key Stage 1 so that you can plan transitions effectively.

    Our tutors are experienced professionals from a variety of fields within education, health, inclusion and social care. You will study the Early Years Foundation Stage in some detail, to develop your theoretical knowledge and critical analysis skills.

    Throughout the course, we promote the importance of children’s rights, their family and cultural context and the principles of inclusive practice.
    We recognise that students on the FdA are usually experienced practitioners returning to learning, so a key focus for the first year is developing your academic writing and study skills.

    In the second year, we emphasise the collaborative aspects of early years practice, particularly looking at inter-agency co-operation. You will be assessing and recording children’s development in an early years context, planning and managing sessions, creating Individual Education Plans and so on.

    • Module code: EYS1112
      Status: Compulsory
      This module enables students to gain the knowledge and skills to promote a holistic approach to child health and an understanding of the role of parents and the community in the promotion of child health; this underpins multi-agency approaches to work within a variety of early years settings.
    • Module code: EYS1110
      Status: Compulsory
      This module will prepare students for academic study on the Early Years Foundation Degree and will support many aspects of their work-based learning. It will encourage a reflective approach by making links between theory and practice helping students to develop and improve their own performance and support them in managing their time effectively.
    • Module code: EYS1111
      Status: Compulsory
      This module provides an introduction to the development of children and young people with particular reference to the early years of childhood. Students will gain the underpinning knowledge necessary to enable them to develop a holistic understanding of all aspects of young children's development as well as techniques for observing and recording in the workplace which will support all other studies on the course.
  • How often do I come on to campus?

    This is a two-year, full-time course, with taught sessions one day per week, starting in early September.

    Are there opportunities abroad?

    This year a group of Early Years students had the opportunity to visit a European country with their tutors to immerse themselves in different types of kindergartens. One of our students, Amy shares her story.

    How am I assessed?

    There are no exams on this course. Instead, assessment is continuous, through practical and audio visual projects, presentations and essays.

  • Participants must be in employment in an early years setting for at least 16 hours a week and have at least a year’s experience of work in early years contexts. They must also have a positive reference from their employer or head of Early Years setting. They will have appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy to support children and have an NVQ level 3 in early years or related subject or equivalent qualification. A typical offer would be DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC, in addition to having a C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths (or in an equivalent qualification such as functional skills).

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    During the programme you may have the opportunity to join a study trip. Previously, students have visited Hungary to immerse themselves into different kindergartens. Typically, the cost of this trip will cost no more than £400. Students normally allow an additional £100 – £250 for their expenses.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

  • On successful completion of the Early Years Foundation Degree FdA, you may be eligable to apply to top-up your qualification to a full honours degree with our Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons).

Careers and Employability

This degree is excellent preparation for careers in an Early Years setting. Foundation Degree graduates typically go on to become leaders or managers of nurseries. You have the option to top-up to a full honours degree in Early Childhood Studies and continue onto a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Early Years Teacher Status course or the School Direct route into teaching.

The Foundation Degree in Early Years can open up a variety of careers.

Is this course for you?