Early Childhood Studies FdA

Early Childhood Studies FdA

This employment-related programme is ideal if you are seeking a career with or are already working with young children.

Course Information

  • Course Type University Level
  • Subject Area Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
  • Qualification Foundation Degree (FdA, FdEng, FdSc)
  • Study Mode: Full time or Part time
  • Course Level Level 5
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 2 years (Full time) or 3 years (Part time)
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • Day Full time - two days of taught sessions, one day of placement and two days of study. Part time - one day of taught sessions, one day placement and one day of study.
  • Fee £7,495
  • Reduced Fee

    See below

  • Course Code X310 FdA/EY

This employment-related programme is ideal if you are seeking a career with or are already working with young children. The programme covers a wide range of topics related to the care, wellbeing and education of young children. You will undertake a work placement in an early years setting one day per week during the programme, ensuring you have the practical skills and experience needed for employment.

Small class sizes mean that you will enjoy peer support and opportunities to work collaboratively and our links with local employers ensure that you will be well placed for further training and employment in the sector. You will have opportunities to work in teams, have practical work experience, undertake an independent study module and visit outside organisations. Some modules also provide guest lectures from specialist speakers and employers have opportunities to participate in assessments. Assessments will include practical demonstrations, presentations, coursework and work-based projects.

Topics will include:

Year 1 Modules –

  • Learning with young children
  • Rethinking: values, diversity and rights
  • Continuing professional development
  • Children in families
  • Curriculum activities
  • A child study

Year 2 Modules –

  • Working with colleagues
  • Independent study module
  • Children with specific individual needs
  • The healthy child
  • ICT with young children
  • Safeguarding children in early years environments

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Entry Requirements

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or AVCE programmes, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate – grades MPP/MM, GNVQ Advanced, an appropriate NVQ at Level 3, an Access to Higher Education qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above. You will also need GCSE English Language and Maths (grade C as a minimum) for this programme and GCSE C or above in English Language, Maths and science if you wish to progress onto Qualified Teaching Status.


You will have access to a learning centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building. You will also be able to access the University of Plymouth libraries and social facilities.

Additional Costs

Other costs would include the purchase of recommended textbooks. You will need an enhanced DBS check done through your work placement or the College (costing approx £43).

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