- FdA Early Years
- Campus or location
- New College, Swindon or University Campus, Weston
- Course length
- Two years full-time
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: X310
- Campus Code: A,BSU
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.
A sector-endorsed Foundation Degree, designed to improve standards within the early years sector.
- Close liaison with local authority children’s services.
- Flexible and supportive approach to meet the needs of work-based students.
- Proven track record: students achieve high standards in practical and theoretical work.
Aimed at early years practitioners in supervisory or managerial roles, this course equips you with the skills and knowledge to develop your career as a graduate practitioner.
With taught sessions taking place only one day a week, the course allows you to study while you work, with your workplace giving you the opportunity to reflect on practice and collect information to use in portfolios.
What you'll learn
This course aims to develop reflective practitioners who'll make valuable contributions to the early years sector and to the lives of young children. You’ll explore the status of children in society and discuss how practitioners can allow the voice of the child to be heard. You’ll also consider essential safeguarding principles and practices.
You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework for early years, and the government’s agenda and strategies as they relate to young children and their families. Through work-based learning, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a research project on an area of your choice, connected to your professional interests.
The course offers a progression route to an Honours Degree and to QTS via an appropriate ITT course such as a Primary PGCE, and provides a basis on which to work towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
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 your workplace
- Written essays
How will I be taught?
This course is taught through lectures, seminars, experiential learning, reflective learning, skills practice, group work, workshops and case studies. We also make use of visiting speakers and expert practitioners to deliver guest lectures. Taught sessions will take place at the College over eight hours a week. Some studies will be undertaken in your work setting, with tutorial support from your College lecturer and guidance from a designated mentor in the workplace.
Facilities and resources
UK and EU students full time
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International students full time
Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
Offers are usually made on the basis of a Level 3 qualification in a related area and a minimum of two years’ experience working in a supervisory or managerial capacity within the early years sector. An interview is required for this course.
How do I apply?
Apply for Early Years Foundation Degree through UCAS. Your application must include details of your qualifications, your personal statement and your reference.
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. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you have.
Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180