Education: Early Years and Primary FdA


Education: Early Years and Primary FdA

About the course

Do you want to progress your career working with children in primary school and early years education? If so, this course provides the context and skills you need, combining on-the-job training and College-based theoretical learning.

The course prepares you for the challenges of working in this vital and fluid area of public life, equipping you with the knowledge, skills, understanding and critical instincts to work as an informed, confident and responsible professional.

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, health and wellbeing, children's rights, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion.

Whether you plan on moving into teaching by attaining Qualified Teacher Status, or pursuing one of a growing range of educational roles in people-related professions, this course is ideal.

You will need:

  • Two years' experience working with children in an education setting
  • Currently working in an education setting as either a paid employee or volunteer
  • Current clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with children
  • Two satisfactory references 
  • Level 3 qualification in Teaching and Learning, Childcare and Education, or Youth and Community work
  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or an IELTS qualification to prove English standard (students for whom English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of level 6)

Prospective students come from a variety of employment backgrounds such as classroom assistants, early years practitioners, community educators, learning mentors, counsellors and trainers.

This course builds on your existing knowledge and skills, enabling you to become a well-qualified professional able to explain, critically reflect upon and assess your own practice and the legislative and historical framework in which you work, and take part in current debates in the field. You will learn from a teaching team with experience in the field of education, social work, psychotherapy, health and special educational needs. 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 will also undertake workplace observations, weekly tasks and reflective exercises.

1st year modules:

  • Personal and Professional Development: How Adults and Children Learn
  • Educational Issues and Practice: Children¿s Development and Learning
  • Understanding Behaviour: Challenging Inequalities in Education
  • Balanced Curriculum: Pedagogical Approaches to the Curriculum in the Education Sector

2nd year modules:

  • Language of Science and ICT in Primary and Early Years Education
  • Supporting Numeracy and Literacy in Multilingual Settings
  • Protecting Children¿s Health and Wellbeing in Education Settings
  • Qualitative Education Research in Theory and Practice


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.

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

You will get a Foundation Degree in Education: Early Years and Primary.

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in the area of Primary and Early Years Education. You may either progress to a BA Honours in Education or a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies. You may gain direct entry to a Registered Teacher Programme at London Metropolitan University (normally an additional 18 months of study), or at any other suitable university. You must hold a GCSE in Maths and English at Grade C or above to progress to a registered teacher programme for both early years and primary sectors.

Producing an e-portfolio outside the course, you can also complete the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) award.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study, for example QTS status after completing BA Education studies and PGCE (Primary).

From this course, you can progress to employment in early years and primary education, careers and guidance, educational research, or managerial roles in a range of children's education settings and strategic management posts in local government.

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.”

Course information

Start date
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30 September 2019

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Course level
Level 5
Course code
Start date
End date
36 Weeks
Health, Social and Child Care
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)
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