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Early Childhood Studies - FdA

Why study this course?

The Early Childhood Studies FdA course combines practical and college-based learning, helping you to develop expert skills and knowledge in all aspects of working with young children.

Touching on academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education, you'll also receive advice and guidance from a mentor during practical work experience.

With this combination of theory and professional practice, you can be assured that the foundation degree is focused on teaching you the skills employers demand.

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This foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies has been developed to meet the needs of qualified early years practitioners working with children and families across all fields of the early years sector, including play, care, health and education.

Both local and international perspectives on early childhood will inform your studies. The course teachers will draw on disciplines including psychology, sociology, social policy, education and health, while specific topics covered will include children’s rights, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion.

You’ll build on your previous experience in the early years sector and undertake training with guidance from a mentor at work. Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become a senior practitioner, leader and manager of early childhood environments.

You'll study this course at our partner institution Hackney Community College. See the Teaching Locations section for further information.

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Studies FdA will enable you to continue onto the Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons).

Assessment

The course is assessed through a variety of methods over the two years of study, including essays, reports, oral presentations, observations, reflective journals and an online discussion forum.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
  • a Level 3 qualification in Early Years/Child Care and Education, including an NVQ or BTEC National Diploma/CACHE Diploma in Child Care or a recognised Access to Higher Education Certificate in a related subject
  • two GCSEs at C (grade 4 from 2017) or above in English and Maths or equivalent qualification to be agreed in consultation with the University Academic Liaison Tutor (ALT) before acceptance
  • one year of full-time experience working with children in an Early Years nursery or school setting
  • current clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with children
  • two satisfactory references

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules:

  • Adults and Children as Learners
  • Perspectives on Children’s Development
  • Understanding Play
  • Safeguarding Children’s Health and Wellbeing

Year 2 modules:

  • Challenging Inequalities in Early Childhood
  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters
  • Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
  • Communicating in Multilingual Contexts

You can undertake a variety of career paths on completion of the course, including leading management of children’s centres, nursery and primary schools and other early childhood care and education settings.

Some of our past students have gone on to specialise in a particular area, such as special educational needs, while others have taken up strategic management posts in local authorities and government departments.

A high number of former students continue their professional studies and progress on to the Early Childhood Studies BA, various master's degrees or our one of our teacher training courses.

This course is offered by Hackney Community College, one of our partner institutions. For further information on the institution and the foundation course, please visit the Hackney Community College website.

You must apply to Hackney Community College using the correct UCAS code below:

  • X945-H

This course is offered through London Metropolitan University's collaborative partner Hackney Community College. Should you be accepted to study this course, teaching will take place at the college but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University. You'll receive your award certificate from the University when you graduate.

You will have a London Met student card that will grant you access to our libraries, and you'll be eligible for student membership of our sport and fitness facilities. You'll have the best of both worlds, as you'll also be able to take advantage of the partnership college library and IT facilities.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course.

You must apply to Hackney Community College using the correct UCAS code below:

  • X945-H

You are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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