Health Social Care & Early Years

Foundation Degree in Early Years: 0-8

Please note there may be additional charges within the course for textbooks, trips, registration and assignment fees.

Course overview

Are you passionate about the quality of education and care children receive? Do you aspire to have a positive impact on the quality of provision?

The part-time Foundation Degree in Early Years is a new course designed to allow you to work while studying. It enables you to develop your professional knowledge, skills and attributes to enhance your career options in the early years sector.

The Foundation Degree in Early Years Part-Time course has two pathway options:

FdA Early Years (0-8yrs) pathway option is for students joining who have already met the requirements for EYE (Level 3 full and relevant) and wish to extend their knowledge and professional practice.

FdA Early Years (0-8yrs) (Professional Practice) pathway option meets the requirements for Early Years Educator (EYE) (including 350 hours of practice in an Ofsted registered setting). This enables students to meet the “full and relevant” requirement for practice in an early years setting.

To apply for this course please ensure all applications are made through the College system by clicking the ‘Apply Online’ button rather than through UCAS.

Classroom lectures and workshops, discussion groups and independent research. 7 hours per week for 22 weeks in college plus 7 hours minimum of practice based work or placement per week. 9 hours per week guided independent study.

The team are highly qualified with full Honours Degrees or Masters in Education. Other qualifications include QTLS, PGCE, a qualified head teacher (NPQH) . All staff are experienced practitioners in the childcare industry in both preschool and school environments. They are therefore able to offer clear insights into day to day practice which supports the theory, both of which are necessary to study at this level. Specialist areas of additional qualifications: English, playwork, early years, school Based Practice.

Entry requirements

- Minimum of four GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above
- Evidence of Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy, for example Key Skills/Functional Skills at Level 2 or GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C/4 or above on entry to the programme is desirable. Where a student does not already hold a level 2 in English and/or Maths qualification, they must present evidence of this before the end of Level 4 to remain on a FdA EY (0-8) (Professional Practice) pathway to achieve the ‘full and relevant’ status.
- Acceptable qualifications include a minimum of 1 A Level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, for example the CACHE Diploma or EdExcel BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development

NB For the Early Years (0-8) pathway, if you do not have evidence of Literacy at Level 2, it will be necessary to complete a non-standard entry essay to demonstrate competence in written English.

Through our non-standard entry route we welcome applications from experienced and mature practitioners who do not have the above qualifications.

Course Modules

Both pathways will study the following Level 4 and Level 5 modules over three years.

Year 1:
- The Developing Child
- Health and Wellbeing
- Plus the relevant pathway module – see below *.

Year 2:
- Playful Pedagogy
- Safeguarding Children’s Welfare in the Early Years and Integrating Our Work with Other Agencies
- Plus the relevant pathway module – see below *.

*The pathway modules:

FdA Early Years (0-8yrs): Introduction to Work-Based Learning (Yr. 1); Small-Scale Practice-Based Enquiry and Future Progression (Yr. 2)

FdA Early Years (0-8yrs) (Professional Practice): Theory for the Early Years Foundation Graduate (Yr. 1); Early Educator Small Scale Practice-Based Enquiry (Yr. 2)

Year 3:-
• Childhood, a Global Perspective
• Policy into Practice

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is all course work based; there are no formal examinations. The assignments link theory directly to practice and aim to develop the student as a reflective practitioner and focus on enhancing the quality of provision for children and families in the early years.

What can I do next

The FDEY will qualify you for a range of careers in the early years sector, including day nurseries, family support work, social care, children’s centres, children’s voluntary organisations and nursery management. With further qualifications you can enter Primary Teacher Training.

You can progress from the FDEY to a BA (Hons) Top-Up degree in Integrated Working with Children and Families (Level 6) at the University of Worcester, or a similar degree at a university. After gaining Level 6, you can then apply for teacher training on a one-year PGCE course. An alternative university course is the Early Years Teacher Status: Level 6. NB: PGCE and EYTS courses require GCSE English, maths and science at C grade.