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Early Childhood Studies

FdA

Foundation degree

Key facts

Award
FdA Early Childhood Studies
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
University Centre Weston - Knightstone Campus
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: X315
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.

Become an early years practitioner with this hands-on course that combines theory with practice.

  • Extensive placement opportunities in a broad range of local childcare settings.
  • Opportunities to meet other practitioners and share academic learning with other students.
  • Innovative range of assessments to ensure effective recognition of skills.

This course offers an exciting opportunity for those wishing to work with young children, combining academic study with work-based learning. You’ll undertake a variety of work placements in settings including nurseries, reception classes, children’s centres and special educational needs facilities. Alongside this, you’ll develop an understanding of the theory and principles that underpin good practice in the early years sector.

"This degree helps you understand the challenges of childcare and gives you the confidence to overcome them. Applying the theory you are taught to practice is a valuable way of gaining experience."

Jemma, Early Childhood Studies (Foundation Degree) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll explore current issues around children and learn how to make the best provision for children from birth to five years old. You’ll investigate the status of children in society and discuss how practitioners use the voice of the child. You’ll also consider safeguarding principles and current safeguarding practice.

Through taught sessions, we’ll provide you with the theory that underpins good practice, alongside study skills needed for effective academic work. Work placements give you the opportunity to apply theory to practice, and your work-based learning allows you to undertake an individual research project in an area of your choice.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways:

  • Critical reading/literature reviews
  • Seminar presentations
  • Collaborative investigations
  • Seminar reports and journals
  • Investigative reports
  • Practice in the workplace
  • Written essays

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, experiential learning, reflective learning, skills practice, group work and case studies. We also make use of visiting speakers and expert practitioners to deliver guest lectures. You’ll also be assigned two work placements per year which you’ll need to attend for 36 days a year, 7 hours a day. You’ll receive guidance from a designated mentor while on placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Centre Weston. Additional learning takes place with a variety of placement providers.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £12,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. An interview is required for this course.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We normally invite a number of applicants to our interview days. You’ll asked to complete a short written task, and then you’ll have an individual interview with a member of the programme team. We’re looking for your motivation to study the course, and also evidence that you keep up-to-date with developments in the sector outside of the Level 3 curriculum. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you have.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the apply now button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

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Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

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