University Centre Peterborough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Anglia Ruskin University

FdA Early Years and Education

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Course summary

Develop your understanding of working with young children, on this two-year foundation degree course. The course is a great option for existing Early Years practitioners or those who are looking at joining the sector, whilst working with children aged 0-8 years. Expand your understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of working with children aged 0 to 8 years. The lectures and assessment tasks will enhance your knowledge and experience of the Early Years, through teaching and discussion on a wide range of topics; from child development and learning to international perspectives and professional practice. Alongside lectures, you will learn on the job, through participating in placement activities. Therefore you are required to have a position (paid or voluntary) in an Early Years or Primary setting. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to work within and support, a variety of Early Years and Primary settings. Alongside this comes an increased understanding of relevant legislation's and curricula, the importance of providing high-quality care and education to young children, and an awareness of how you can enhance young children’s experiences to support them in reaching their potential. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students. Students will be taught one day a week each semester, over two semesters per academic year. The course duration is two academic years.

Course details


You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Year one for full-time students (Level 4) Play, Health and Wellbeing: The Reflective Practitioner Role (30 credits) Practitioner Research of Children and Young People (15 credits) Academic Skills in Education (15 credits) Child Development and Learning (30 credits) Work-based Research: Environment and Practice 1 (30 credits) Final year for full-time students (Level 5) Safeguarding and Risk Management of Children and Young People (30 credits) International Perspectives of Child Learning (30 credits) Inclusive Practice and Diversity in Learning (30 credits) Work-based Research: Environment and Practice 2 (30 credits) A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Assessment method

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods: Year one for full-time students (Level 4) 70% written assignments 30% presentations Final year for full-time students (Level 5) 70% written assignments 30% presentations We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance. Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback. End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12. When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation degree. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5. The following classifications are determined by the above calculation: Distinction 70%+ Distinction 60-69% Merit 40-59% Pass 0-39% Fail A student who has achieved FdA Early Years and Education may choose to apply for the level 6 BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up course as a new student in order to achieve a second qualification. On achievement of 120 credits at level 6, their final BA (Hons) degree classification will be by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 6 only.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeLXM3
Institution code P56
Campus nameUniversity Centre Peterborough
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

Unfortunately UCP are currently unable to recruit International Students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff A minimum age of 18. GCSE(s) required: GCSE at grade C/4 or above in English and Maths. Appropriate Level 3 Integrated Qualifications Framework (IQF) Qualification (CWDC) with current or recent experience in childcare. Qualifications consistent with the University’s normal matriculation requirements (i.e. if you are under 22, you will need to have two ‘A’ levels or equivalent other qualifications). Access to a suitable working environment involving children and young people. Commitment to study and work in the sector. A minimum of 400 hours working in a suitable children’s workforce environment (this is flexible and the breadth of students’ expertise/experience will be considered). Commitment to the work experience component. You will need to arrange and complete a minimum of 12 hours of placement during term time . ICT competence sufficient to make effective use of word-processing and E-mail facilities. Access to ICT facilities at home and/or in the work place. Qualifications can also be evaluated for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Current DBS required.

Applicants must have GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or higher. Equivalent qualifications will not be accepted.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
FdA Early Years and Education at University Centre Peterborough - UCAS