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  • Course Length

    64 weeks

  • Fees

    £8,250 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Bath Spa University

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: X310
    • Institution Code: B20
    • Campus Code: L

Early Years FdA

Foundation degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a bachelors degree. They offer a combination of academic study and workplace skills relevant to a specific job or profession. Ideal if you’re looking to formalise your workplace knowledge with a qualification and open up your progression opportunities.

This course aims to develop reflective practitioners, who will make valuable contributions to the early years sector and to the lives of very young children. You’ll explore the status of children in society and discuss how practitioners can allow the voice of the child to be heard.

You’ll also consider essential safeguarding principles and practice. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework for early years, and the government’s agenda and strategies as they relate to young children and their families. Through work-based learning, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a research project on an area of your choice, connected to your professional interests.

Course Content

The course is modular and you will study the following modules:

Introduction to Early Child Development - Enhance your understanding of the physical, communication and language development of babies, toddlers and young children.

Making Learning Visible - Consider how to evaluate meaningful learning through play opportunities indoors and out, and explore the value of supporting creativity by making links to young children's physical and emotional well-being.

Reflective Practice in Action - Use a reflecting model to help evaluate various aspects of your practice and provision

Supporting Young Children's Holistic Health and Wellbeing - Consider issues relating to babies/young children’s health, both nationally and globally, drawing on government policy, guidance and research. This module will also include an introduction to safeguarding.


The Child, Family & Society - Investigate the skills required for working collaboratively across the early childhood sector to promote positive outcomes for children, their families and the wider community.

Contesting Childhood - Investigate the development of young children’s education, care and welfare services.

Positionality, Diversity and Inclusion - Consider a range of protected characteristics, including children with bi-lingual and multi-lingual skill.

Research in Early Childhood - An intro to theoretical perspectives and a range of approaches needed to research early childhood within your setting or early childhood context.


Students successfully completing a foundation degree will be eligible to progress to the third year of an honours degree programme such as the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at New College Swindon.

A Levels - Grades CDD or above
BTEC Level 3 - grades MMP
Access Diploma - in Early Years

Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Early Years, Childcare, Health and Social Care, Psychology or Sociology.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis. For students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Additional requirements
Experience working in an Early Years setting and currently working in sector for at least 12 hours a week. DBS Check.


Study mode: Full-time or part-time
Course length:
64 weeks
Contact hours:
7 hours per week
Expected self-study: 15-20 hours per week


Coursework: =90%
Written assignments:

Costs and Resources

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £8,250 per annum (TBC)
Additional costs: DBS Check
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Programme Leader: Dawn Evans (dawn.evans@newcollege.ac.uk)

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE - Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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