FdA in Early Years Childhood Studies

University of Bolton

Program Description

FdA in Early Years Childhood Studies

University of Bolton

Early Years Childhood Studies - FdA [ University of Bolton ]

The foundation degree in Early Years Childhood Studies will interest you if you are currently working with young children in early years or have a substantial voluntary role in the sector.

The course provides a strong foundation in the theories and background knowledge of early years, and integrates this with your experiences in the workplace. You will apply the academic knowledge you gain to practical scenarios from your working life and use this to reflect on how you can improve the services you provide to children and families.

By studying on this course you will develop your leadership skills and broaden your practical and theoretical early years knowledge. You will work with an increased confidence and find that you have access to a wider range of opportunities. These may include additional responsibilities at work as well as opportunities for further study.

On successful completion of this course you may take your studies to degree level with the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-up) course. This is available part-time at the University of Bolton’s main campus. This further study would take 18 months to complete.

About the course

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials and work-based learning. Assessments will be based on activities and projects carried out in your workplace.

Teaching staff are professionals with substantial knowledge and experience based on their work in the early years sector.

Special features

  • The course is work-based and gives you the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills in activities and team work. A practice trainer will observe your practice and, through professional discourse, consider areas for development.
  • Teaching staff are professionals who have worked in the early years sector and offer substantial knowledge and experience of the field.

What you will learn

After completing the programme you will understand the educational, emotional and social needs of children from babies to eight years of age. In addition, you will consider the legislative framework for early years provision.

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work as a reflective practitioner in different care and education settings. You will also develop broader key skills for example team working, problem solving, communication skills and critical reflection on your performance as a professional.

What you will study

NQF/HE Level 4

  • Study Skills and Personal Development Planning;
  • ICT to Support Children’s Learning;
  • The Developing Child;
  • Facilitating Children’s Learning;
  • Inclusive Practice;
  • Social Policy in Early Years.

NQF/HE Level 5

  • Developing Self-Reflective Practice;
  • Safeguarding Children;
  • Managing Sessions;
  • Research Perspectives;
  • Independent Study.

Entry requirements

100 UCAS points from at least one A2-level (or equivalent) including a childcare-related subject OR considerable relevant vocational experience in the early years sector.

You should also have four GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in any subjects.

You will also need employment or a substantial voluntary role in the early years sector.

You will be interviewed.

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable adults and all students must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 2, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
2 - 3 years
Full time
9,000 GBP
United Kingdom - Bolton, England
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- full-time, 6,000.00 GBP part-time - UK/EU; 11,250.00 GBP full-time - International