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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.

1. Researching Early Childhood

• To understand, critique and assimilate the concepts and theoretical perspectives of early childhood studies as a field of study
• To understand the importance of ethics in the study of young children

2. Professional Knowledge

• To understand the role of the adult in promoting and supporting the development and learning of young children with particular emphasis on the role of play and the outdoors.
• To be able to lead, support and work collaboratively with others, demonstrating empathy and professionalism in interactions and to be able to act as an advocate for children.

3. Growing up in the 21st Century

• To demonstrate a critical understanding of the inter relationships between cultural, ideological, political and economic contexts in the lives of children, families and communities.

4. The Developing Child

• To understand how children grow and develop physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively
• To use skills of observation and analysis in relation to child development.

5. Culture and the Curriculum

• To recognise and challenge inequalities in society, and embrace an anti-bias approach
• To recognise the importance of literacy, the arts and the outdoors for children’s wellbeing and development.

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

This programme is currently being revised by Oxford Brookes University.

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.


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

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

Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery Manager
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • Children's Nurse
  • Child Psychologist

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