Education: Early Years and Primary - FdA

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Why study this course?

The Education: Early Years and Primary sector foundation degree builds on your experience of working in an education setting by engaging with academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education. As part of the course you'll learn new skills and develop your knowledge of working in the primary education and early years sectors with 3 to 11-year- olds.

The course includes on-the-job training supported by a mentor at work, allowing you to put what you learn on the course into practice, ensuring you will be well equipped for career progression.

More about this course

We’ll build on your previous primary and early years education experience by combining both theoretical and work-based learning. This will increase your understanding of the complexities underpinning teaching techniques and the experience of working with children in education.

This foundation degree in learning and development focuses on working with 3 to 11-year-olds, the course is ideal if you're a practitioner supporting teaching in a primary school classroom or early years education setting and want to progress in your career.

The new perspectives you’ll develop include a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education and how you can increase the effectiveness of your teaching and a child’s learning in school. The course promotes a view of education as a holistic experience in which teaching and learning are inextricably linked to feelings and thinking.

The course team will draw on theoretical perspectives including education, wellbeing, psychology, sociology and social policy, while specific topics covered will include political and pedagogical curriculum approaches, differentiation and inclusion, the role and value of reflection in scaffolding children’s learning and development.

The Education: Early Years and Primary Sector FdA has been developed to meet the needs of qualified education practitioners working across a diverse range of education sectors, including primary, early years and health care settings. It includes on-the-job training and support from a mentor at work to enable you to be better placed to contribute to the successful development of primary school or early years learning environments as well as your own personal professional progression.

Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become an informed practitioner and manager.


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

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UCAS code X320
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should:

  • have two years' experience working with children in an education setting
  • be currently working in an education setting as either a paid employee or volunteer
  • have current clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with children
  • be able to provide two satisfactory references
  • have a Level 3 qualification in Teaching and Learning, Childcare and Education, or Youth and Community work
  • have English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 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

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Personal and Professional Development: How Adults and Children Learn
  • Educational Issues and Practice: Children’s Development and Learning
  • Understanding Behaviour: Challenging Inequalities in Education
  • Balanced Curriculum: Pedagogical Approaches to the Curriculum in the Education Sector

Year 2 modules include:

  • Language of Science and ICT in Primary and Early Years Education
  • Supporting Numeracy and Literacy in Multilingual Settings
  • Protecting Children’s Health and Wellbeing in Education Settings
  • Qualitative Education Research in Theory and Practice

After the course

You can undertake a variety of career paths on completion of the course, including leading positions in either early years or primary school settings. Some of our past students have gone on to specialise in areas such as special educational needs, literacy and numeracy in education and safeguarding children, 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 go on to study the Education Studies BA (Hons) or Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) at London Met, while many others choose to apply for one of our teacher training courses.

Studying at City and Islington College with London Met?

This course is offered only through one of London Metropolitan University's collaborative partners, City and Islington College. Teaching will take place at the College, but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University and 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 City and Islington College library and IT facilities, including free on-site Wi-Fi and a virtual learning environment, so you can access course materials and assignments online even when you’re not at College.

At City and Islington College you'll benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-ones and group tutorial sessions. City and Islington College advisers can also provide support with any out-of-College matters, including accommodation and financial concerns, as well as careers guidance.

For Unistats information please refer to the City and Islington course page.

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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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) 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. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University 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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