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Course summary

The Foundation Degree in Arts in Early Years & Primary Practice (FdA EYPP) is an employment related higher education qualification which offers students/practitioners a mix of work-related specialist skills and academic study. The course provides students/practitioners with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of theoretical ideas associated with the care, learning and development of young children. It develops the values and beliefs necessary for those working in the Early and Primary Years with the essential knowledge and understanding of regulatory and legislative frameworks. The FdA EYPP associates closely with practice and so students/practitioners can apply theory to their own practice/practice situations. The underlying theme of the FdA EYPP course is based on an informed approach to the academic study of early and primary childhood and focuses on facilitating professional development through the process of reflection. As a practice-based learning course, students/practitioners will be required to be in practice (paid or voluntary) for 12 hours per week as a full-time student/practitioner (6 hours part time) to successfully complete the qualification. Upon successful completion of the FdA EYPP degree, students/practitioners have the opportunity to progress on to the BA (Hons) Early Learning (progression route) course, many students/practitioners will undertake this pathway into a Primary teaching role. This course is also offered online.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8220 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8220 Year 1
Scotland £8220 Year 1
Wales £8220 Year 1
Channel Islands £8220 Year 1
EU £13992 Year 1
International £13992 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £13992 Year 1

Additional fee information

Ipswich Award- A £1,000 award for students starting in September 2023 who meet or exceed academic entry requirements - see our website for details.
Early Years & Primary Practice at University of Suffolk - UCAS