Level 4/5 Foundation Degree in Early Years

What will I learn?

Demand for high quality childcare and education services requires highly skilled, well-educated Early Years Practitioners. Our two-year FdA Early Years programme is designed to prepare you for a formal leadership role within an early years setting or a role that focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace.

The course will offer you an opportunity to review the various disciplines that contribute to our understanding of early childhood and aims to support practitioners working in a variety of settings.

You will be expected to recognise the role of play and its importance in the curriculum. You will carry out observations and, through the analysis of the observations, be in a position to contribute to curriculum and environment planning which reflects the age and stage of development of every child.

With the need to complete independent research, career aspirations, and inspect services and mentor trainees, the role and demands of an Early Years practitioner are constantly increasing. That is why higher level study in this field is becoming more and more essential.

During the course you will study modules that will relate directly to your workplace, and allow you to put your learning into practise. You will understand the process of learning for children and young people, study language and literacy development, and fully understand safeguarding, welfare, and wellbeing of young people.

Modules include:

  • The Practitioner as Learner
  • Children and Young People’s Learning and Development
  • Pedagogical approaches and the adult role
  • Play as a Developmental Learning Process
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development
  • Professional Reflective Practice in Learning and Development
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Assessing Children’s Achievements and Families in Communities

You will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence as well as submitting essays. You will also be assessed in the workplace for elements of some of the units.

What could I progress on to?

Once you have completed this course you will be a well-equipped practitioner to take on either a formal leadership role within the setting or a role which focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace.

You may also choose to study further to top-up your degree to gain a BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Learning and Development.

There will be a charge for a DBS ( formally CRB Criminal Records Bureau) check if students are not currently employed in their setting.

Additional Course Details for 18/19

  • Study Year Year 1
    Course code 16677
    Course name Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education
    Study mode Full-Time
    Days Tuesday + Thursday
    Start date 25/09/18
    Duration 30 week (s)

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Entry Level

These courses are for students who want to start progressing up the qualifications levels or have no previous qualifications.

Vocational Level 1

You must have a mixture of grades E to G at GCSE to study at this level.

Vocational Level 2

You must have two grade D's and two grade E's at GCSE or a relevant level 1 qualification to study at this level.

Vocational Level 3

These courses are equivalent to A levels, you must have at least four GCSE's at grade C or above or a relevant level 2 qualification.

A Levels

A levels are level 3 courses, you must have or expect 5 A-C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English.
Foundation Degree and Degree Our university courses typically require a relevant level 3 qualification or 120 UCAS points.