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Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time)

  • L5
  • HE

This course will provide you with the skills and ability to demonstrate professional competence within the early years setting. The course allows you to remain in your childcare employment while you continue to study, enabling you to relate theory to practice and reflect on your learning throughout the course.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent).
  • English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable.
  • We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting related to SEND (minimum one day per week) for the duration of the course. You should ideally arrange your own placement but the course team will also be able to assist you in this.

Course content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Higher Education Study
  • The Developing Child
  • The Importance of Play (Work-based Learning)

Year 2

  • Policy and Practice in the Early Years
  • The Importance of Play (Work-based Learning)
  • Developing Professional Practice (Work-based Learning)
  • Inclusive Practice for all Young Children

Year 3

  • Supporting Early Literacy and Numeracy Development
  • Reflections on Practice
  • Term 3: Transfer to University of Bedfordshire - Applied Early Years Studies (BA Hons.)

Assessment methods

All units are assessed by a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations, short timed examinations and reflective logs. You will develop the skills of reflective practice and the writing of a reflective journal, and commitment to personal and professional development is a requirement of this Foundation Degree.

Further study and career options

You can progress in Year 3 to the BA (Hons) Applied Early Years Studies or other associated degrees. Further career opportunities also include Early Years teaching and management opportunities.

Additional information

Our staff are highly qualified, experienced tutors who have a wide experience of working in the early years sector and other related fields such as childcare, youth work, education, health, disability and psychology. They keep up to date through Continued Professional Development activities including membership of the Institute for Learning, Institute for Youth Work and British Psychological Society. All staff have good Honours degrees, with most having achieved postgraduate qualifications.

A minimum of five hours independent study per week will also be expected. This course is eligible for a Higher Education Student Loan.

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 3 years 27/09/2018 Thu 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm £4500 Cauldwell Street K1533 Course in progress


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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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