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.

96% of students were satisfied with the learning opportunities on this course and 92% with the academic support, according to the National Student Survey 2021.

More about this course

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 New City College at their Hackney campus. 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).


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.

Fees and key information

Course type
UCAS code X945-H
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points in an equivalent 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) 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 Student 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 may be considered for admission, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Module details to be agreed

Where this course can take you

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.

Continuing your studies with us

The School of Social Professions has a wide range of exciting industry-linked postgraduate courses available on a full-time and part-time basis in education, health, social and community work. We offer the following degrees that would be ideal for postgraduate progression:

If you've already studied your undergraduate degree with us, as a graduate of London Met, you'll be entitled to a 20% discount on any further study with us.

Teaching locations

This course is offered by New City College, one of our partner institutions, at their Hackney campus. For further information on the institution and the foundation course, please visit New City College's website.

You must apply to New City College using the correct UCAS code below:

  • X945-H

Studying at New City College with London Met

This course is offered through London Metropolitan University's collaborative partner New City College at their Hackney campus. 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.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

Discover Uni is an official source of information about university and college courses across the UK. The widget below draws data from the corresponding course on the Discover Uni website, which is compiled from national surveys and data collected from universities and colleges. If a course is taught both full-time and part-time, information for each mode of study will be displayed here.

How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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