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Early Childhood Studies FdA


About the course

UCAS Code: X945 (View this course on UCAS) | UCAS Institution Code: L68

Are you an early years' practitioner looking to improve your career prospects? Perhaps you're a nursery nurse, playgroup worker or classroom assistant, and are ready to take that next step.

This course meets the needs of qualified early years practitioners working with children and families across all sectors of the early years; play, care, health and education. It combines practical and college-based learning, enabling you to develop your expert knowledge and skills in all aspects of work with children.

A range of local and international perspectives are taken into account and the course draws on a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education and health, including; children's rights, children's health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion. The course emphasises the links between theory and practice and focuses on the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge.

You will:

  • develop the skills employers demand with a course that is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012)
  • undertake appropriate training of a professional nature supported by a mentor at work
  • improve your career prospects and enjoy a range of opportunities for progression.

You need:

  • a Level 3 qualification in Early Years/Child Care and Education: NVQ or BTEC National Diploma/CACHE Diploma in Child Care or a recognised Access to Higher Education Certificate in a related subject
  • 2 GCSEs at Grade A*-C in English, Maths and Science or equivalent
  • one year of full-time experience working with children in an Early Years nursery or school setting
  • current clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with children
  • two satisfactory references
  • Students for which English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of level 6.

The course emphasises the links between theory and practice and focuses on the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge.

As well as studying child development theories and child observations, you will also develop professional and academic skills, including study skills and time management. You will participate in lectures, group discussions, debates, and tutor-led sessions and also undertake workplace observations, weekly tasks and reflective exercises.

1st Year Modules: Adults and Children as Learners, Perspectives on Children's Development, Understanding Play, Safeguarding Young Children's Health and Wellbeing.

2nd Year Modules: Challenging Inequalities in Early Childhood, Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years' Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters, Communicating in Multilingual Contexts, Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six.

Find out more about the course content, aims and outcomes: Download the course specification [PDF]

You will be assessed through coursework, project work and written assignments.

You will get a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

On successful completion of this course, you may progress to the Early Childhood Studies BA Honours Degree at London Metropolitan University (normally an additional 18 months of study) and apply for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or you may gain direct entry to a registered teacher's programme. You must hold a GCSE in Maths and English at Grade C or above to progress to the Undergraduate Entry Pathway to the EYTS.

Career roles include leaders and managers in a range of early childhood care and education settings or specialising in a particular area such as Special Educational Needs. Strategic management posts in local authorities and government departments, or teaching in FE colleges through post-graduate study via the traditional PGCE route.


There are lots of opportunities to learn at the College

Sharareh Ariaee Shad

Sharareh Ariaee Shad

Sharareh Ariaee Shad is currently studying the Foundation Degree in Education: Primary Pathway.

She said: “I’m currently working as a Teaching Assistant whilst studying and am really enjoying developing my knowledge and skills to work in the sector. There are lots of opportunities to learn at the College and outside of my course I’ve also become a beatbullying mentor.”

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