Early Years Care and Education at East Sussex College - UCAS

East Sussex College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Early Years Care and Education

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Course summary

What will I learn? Demand for high quality childcare and education services requires highly skilled, well-educated Early Years Practitioners. Our two-year FdA Early Years programme is designed to prepare you for a formal leadership role within an early years setting or a role that focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace. The course will offer you an opportunity to review the various disciplines that contribute to our understanding of early childhood and aims to support practitioners working in a variety of settings. You will be expected to recognise the role of play and its importance in the curriculum. You will carry out observations and, through the analysis of the observations, be in a position to contribute to curriculum and environment planning which reflects the age and stage of development of every child. With the need to complete independent research, career aspirations, and inspect services and mentor trainees, the role and demands of an Early Years practitioner are constantly increasing. That is why higher level study in this field is becoming more and more essential. During the course you will study modules that will relate directly to your workplace, and allow you to put your learning into practice. You will understand the process of learning for children and young people, study language and literacy development, and fully understand safeguarding, welfare, and wellbeing of young people. Once you have completed this course you will be a well-equipped practitioner to take on either a formal leadership role within the setting or a role which focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace. You may also choose to study further to top-up your degree to gain a BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Learning and Development.


Modules include:

  • The Practitioner as Learner
  • Children and Young People's Learning and Development
  • Pedagogical approaches and the adult role
  • Play as a Developmental Learning Process
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development
  • Professional Reflective Practice in Learning and Development
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare and Wellbeing
- Assessing Children's Achievements and Families in Communities

Assessment method

You will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence as well as submitting essays. You will also be assessed in the workplace for elements of some of the units.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Hastings (Station Plaza)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 - 120 CAT points from degree-level study (e.g. HNC, one year-full time FdA or BA). Content of completed modules from previous study must be able to be mapped across to learning aims/outcomes of this course. Please contact us for further information.

International applicants

International students will need IELTS 6.5 overall with a 6 in writing. For visa information visit http://www.escg.ac.uk/study/international/visas/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

You must have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.



You must be working in an Early Years / Childcare setting. You should have normally been employed within that setting for at least two years and be involved in at least 12 hours per week of activity focused time with groups of children. You will also need to have agreement from the workplace/employer to support you through workplace learning facilitations, including provision of learning and assessment opportunities required by the course.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5International students require a 6.5 overall with a 6 in writing.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7995 Year 1
EU £9200 Year 1
England £7995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7995 Year 1
Scotland £7995 Year 1
Wales £7995 Year 1
International £9200 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7995 Year 1

Additional fee information

Studying with us will give you excellent value for money. Our lower fees, compared to many other universities, help you to save money, while getting the very best from our expert tutors.
Early Years Care and Education at East Sussex College - UCAS