Early Years FdA

Early Years FdA

The Early Years Foundation Degree is intended for qualified Level 3 practitioners (or equivalent) and aims to build knowledge and skills applying theory to practice.

The Government, as well as researchers and professionals in the sector have identified that the best practitioners take a flexible and critical approach to their work. Early years educators and carers work more closely with primary teachers, social workers, and health visitors. Demands for high quality comprehensive services require highly skilled well-educated staff. These are reasons why studying at graduate level is important. Degree-level training is also required for those who would be future researchers in early childhood care and education, those who would teach others and those who would become future advocates, monitors and inspectors of services. Your study will help you to prepare for future roles you may undertake, as well as enabling you to develop the skills and knowledge you need for your current work.

The course is structured to provide an inter-agency focus, examining the methods and insights of the various disciplines that contribute to our understanding of childhood. This will support you in your current role whether you are working with families, as a childminder, in a playgroup, in a school or in a nursery. Studying with colleagues from a range of contexts and roles will enhance your learning. You will be learning from your peers and they will be learning from you. Sharing your experiences and work will be a valuable contribution you make to the course.


YEAR 1 Modules:

  • Studying policy and practice

  • Introduction to child development

  • Reflective practice & early years pedagogy

  • Children’s digital learning

  • Inclusion & wellbeing

  • Working with families and caregivers

  • Global perspectives.

YEAR 2 Modules:

  • Developing pedagogies for artwork with young children

  • Children’s voice

  • Researching with young children

  • Contemporary issues in child development

  • Early Years environments

  • Leading early years practice.

Modules are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Typically, you must have one of the following:

  • BTEC, NVQ, Cache, or other appropriate childcare vocational qualification at Level 3

  • An appropriate A Level, or six-unit vocational A Level,

  • An advanced modern apprenticeship in Early Years or related subject.

You should also have:

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in an Early Years setting, working directly with children for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

  • You will need to evidence a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

***Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the University’s principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is taught through a range of methods including:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops

  • Group work strategies to include, discussion and the consideration of and development of resources

  • The development of online resources and portfolios

  • Group and independent projects that will benefit your institution and your own professional development

Assessment methods

A range of assessment types are employed throughout the Modules and will enable students to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways, including essays, reports, and presentations. There are no formal written exams. In modules with more than one assignment, you must pass both in order to pass the module. Further details of the assignment tasks relating to each module will be provided in each Module Handbook.

Future career and study opportunities

You may be able to progress in your present employment as a consequence of completing the Foundation Degree, or seek career progression opportunities.

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you may wish to continue to study (subject to interview and qualifying entry criteria) towards a full honours degree through the BA Early Childhood Studies programme at the College, gaining graduate status.

Once you have gained the full honours degree, you may then progress to Initial Teaching Training routes such as PGCE* or GTTP* or to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)* *please note: students will require GCSE C or above in English, Maths and Science.

Example future job roles may include:

  • Early Years Teacher

  • Primary School Teacher

  • Educational or Child Psychologist

  • Special Educational Needs Advisor

  • Play Therapist

  • Safeguarding Officer

  • Family Support Worker

  • Early Years Advisory Teacher.

Many of our past students have progressed into job roles such as Early Years Lecturer, Deputy Head Teacher, Local Authority Advisory Teacher.


If you have a question about this or any other University Centre course, email headmissions@newcollege.ac.uk

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