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Year of Entry 2018/19
FdA

Early Years

Develop your knowledge and skills on this work-based foundation degree.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year † 
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 88-104 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? U8H7
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of theory and research which underpins effective practice within the early years.
  • Learn about current effective practice with babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Study alongside your work, allowing you to apply what you learn directly to your career.

This sector-endorsed course combines theoretical lectures with hands-on work, allowing you to gain a foundation degree while working in practice.

How you learn

The foundation degree is a full-time course but you only attend university one afternoon or evening a week, and engage in online and self-directed learning activities, allowing you to fit your studies around your other commitments.

You must be working or in a long-term voluntary position within an early years setting during the course, as the emphasis is on work-based learning.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • group activities
  • reflecting on experiences
  • self-directed study

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Rawding
Sarah Rawding
Senior Lecturer In Early Years

I am currently the marketing lead for EYPS and an EYP assessor in addition to mentoring candidates on various pathways

Applied learning

Live projects

You will apply what you learn in the classroom to your current work, enabling you to build on your skills in practice. You also examine your own academic and professional development. This ensures that you can reflect on new learning and that it is embedded into your everyday practice.


Future careers

This course leads onto

  • further study in early years, such as BA top up leading to postgraduate study and QTS
  • career progression in schools, nurseries and childminding

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Entry requirements

UK students

All applicants must have at least one year's full time equivalent experience working in the sector and level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy, plus usually one of the following

•104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National or CACHE qualifications. We accept AS levels.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National or CACHE qualifications.

However, where applicants can demonstrate substantial experience in the sector we may accept a lower level of achievement at level 3. Whilst on the course you must be able to fulfil the academic demands including information/communications technology requirements. A requirement of the course is that you are working in either a paid or voluntary role within an early years setting for at least two days per week for the duration of the course.

EU and International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Children's Development Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Enabling Environments In The Early Years Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Health And Well Being Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Outdoor Play In The Early Years Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Play And The Practitioner Role Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Reflective Practice In The Early Years Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Children's Development 2 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Economic Well Being Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Inclusive Practice In The Early Years Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Partnership, Collaboration And Team Working Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Safeguarding Children And Young People Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Working With Families In The Early Years Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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