Early Childhood Studies

London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Why study this course? The Early Childhood Studies FdA course combines practical and college-based learning, helping you to develop expert skills and knowledge in all aspects of working with young children. Touching on academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education, you'll also receive advice and guidance from a mentor during practical work experience. With this combination of theory and professional practice, you can be assured that the foundation degree is focused on teaching you the skills employers demand. In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months. More about this course This foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies has been developed to meet the needs of qualified early years practitioners working with children and families across all fields of the early years sector, including play, care, health and education. Both local and international perspectives on early childhood will inform your studies. The course teachers will draw on disciplines including psychology, sociology, social policy, education and health, while specific topics covered will include children’s rights, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion. You’ll build on your previous experience in the early years sector and undertake training with guidance from a mentor at work. Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become a senior practitioner, leader and manager of early childhood environments. You'll study this course at our partner institution New City College at their Hackney campus. See the Teaching Locations section for further information. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Studies FdA will enable you to continue onto the Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons).

Course details


Example Year 1 modules: Adults and Children as Learners Perspectives on Children’s Development Understanding Play Safeguarding Children’s Health and Wellbeing Example Year 2 modules: Challenging Inequalities in Early Childhood Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six Communicating in Multilingual Contexts

Assessment method

The course is assessed through a variety of methods over the two years of study, including essays, reports, oral presentations, observations, reflective journals and an online discussion forum.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeX945
Institution code L68
Campus nameNew City College
Campus codeH

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level DD Typical offer DD (48 UCAS points) in early years or child care and education.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP In an early years or child care and education subject.
Access to HE Diploma Total of 60 credits (Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2) from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points A minimum of 15 points at higher level and 4 points from English and Mathematics at standard level.

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at C (grade 4 from 2017) or above in or equivalent. One year of full-time experience working with children in an Early Years nursery or school setting. Please note, unfortunately we cannot accept applications from international students for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6000 Year 1
England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Channel Islands £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University - UCAS