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Foundation Degree (FdA) Early Years (full-time)

Key course information

Early Years


2 years

University Level

7570.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at our Trowbridge campus, this course has been designed in partnership with employers and is aimed at applicants progressing from Level 3 NVQ or BTEC qualifications, A Level students, those with an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship or current practitioners who are working in a variety of early years settings with families or playgroups and in schools, nurseries and children's centres.The course provides you with opportunities to develop your knowledge and practice, enhance your career prospects, gain access to further learning and study while you work.

What will I learn?

The programme and modules are being developed around five themes to provide a holistic view of children and early years.

Modules include:

Early Years Environments
Global Perspectives
Inclusion and Wellbeing
Outdoor Learning
Working with Families
Children’s Digital Learning
Children’s Voice
Developing Pedagogies

Entry Requirements

You should have relevant work experience either in a paid or voluntary
capacity or as part of your studies.

You should normally have as a minimum one of the following:

- An A Level or vocational A Level

- A NVQ level 3 qualification (such as a BTEC or other qualification)

- An advanced modern apprenticeship

Students with English as an additional language will need to have an academic
mentor which they can organise to support their proof reading of assignments

For the duration of the course, you will need access to a relevant work
setting for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Screening: You will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service
(DBS) check.

Don't quite reach the entry criteria? You can still do this course via our Access
to Higher Education

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You are expected to be employed or in placement for the duration of the programme.

This will enable you to appreciate the links between theory and practice and develop your understanding of key Early Years issues within a vocational context.

Assessment methods will include written assignments, video and face-to-face presentations, online discussions and other modes relevant to Early Years practice.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme via UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is O66.
The UCAS course code for this programme is 315X.
The cost of this programme is £7,570 per year (£9,270 for international students).

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

On completion of the second year, you could apply for the full honours degree in Early Childhood Studies.Opportunities for further study then exist at postgraduate level for those who wish to progress further including the MA Education (Childhood and Youth Studies).Students can also become Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo), childminders, managers of nurseries, counselling with children and work in child contact centre for social work, work for child safeguarding services and child centre outreach worker.Some of these jobs may require a full honours degree prior to being undertaken. For other jobs to be undertaken, a Masters qualification may be required.

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