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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).
Example Year 1 modules:
Adults and Children as Learners
Perspectives on Children’s Development
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
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
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||New City College|
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
|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
|Channel Islands||£6,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6,000||Year 1|