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


Early Years

Study Mode

University Level

Start Date



3 years


£5045.00 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 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 course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

- Studying Policy and Practice
- Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Working with Families and Caregivers
- Global Perspectives

Year Two:

- Introduction to Child Development
- Reflective Practice and Early Years Pedagogy
- Children's Digital Learning
- Children's Voice
- Early Years Environments

Year Three:

- Developing Pedagogies for Artwork with Young Children
- Researching with Young Children
- Contemporary Issues in Child Development
- Leading Early Years Practice

Please note: Modules and course content are subject to change,

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.

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.

Don't quite reach the entry criteria?

You can still apply to do this course on completion of our Access to Higher Education course.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme directly to Oxford Brookes University by clicking on the part-time HE Application icon.

You can contact the college's HE Admissions team on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The cost of this programme is £5,045 per year.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that the 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 the third year, you could apply for the BA (Hons) (top-up) 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).You can also become Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo), childminders, managers of nurseries, counselling with children and work in children contact centres 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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