East Sussex College

Early Years Care and Education East Sussex College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Brighton


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Course summary

TEF Bronze

Sussex Coast College Hastings has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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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 practise. 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.

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

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.

What could I progress on to?

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.

Course details

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

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 code LXM3
Institution code S83
Campus name Hastings (Station Plaza)
Campus code S

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points

If you are a mature student aged 25 or over and fall below the entry requirements, evidence of prior learning with relevant industry experience will be considered.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,000 Year 1
Scotland £7,000 Year 1
Wales £7,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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East Sussex College
Station Plaza
Station Approach
Hastings, East Sussex
TN34 1BA

Course contact details

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Admissions (Hastings and Ore)

01424 458466