Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree

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About this course

The FdA in Early Years (0-8) aims to provide a child-centred approach and framework for academic and professional skills development. This course takes a holistic, child centred approach and sits within a culture of inter-agency working which requires you to maintain high standards of care and education. You are expected to develop your personal and professional dispositions within a framework that promotes inclusion and diversity.

Year 1 – Level 4

  • The Developing Child (30 credits)
  • Health and Wellbeing (30 credits)
  • Playful Pedagogy (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Work-Based Learning (30 credits)

Year 2 – Level 5

  • Childhood, a Global Perspective (30 credits)
  • Policy into Practice (30 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children’s Welfare in the Early Years and Integrating Our Work with Other Agencies (30 credits)
  • Small Scale Practice-Based Enquiry and Future progression (30 credits)

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What are the entry requirements?

Acceptable qualifications include a minimum of 1 A Level and maximum of 3 1/2 A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, for example the CACHE Diploma or EdExcel BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and development.
Evidence of level 2 Literacy/numeracy is required, for example functional skills at level 2 or GCSE English language/maths at Grade C / 4 or above.
Current police clearance to work with young children (DBS check). Relevant forms will be sent by admissions on receipt of a firm acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.
A testimony / reference that supports suitability for the course.

Course assessment

You will engage in a range of learning and assessment styles and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting work. Work based assignments will enable you to engage with your own practice and to share knowledge and expertise with others through activities such as group work and presentations.


Where Can I Learn More?

For more information on gaining this qualification at Dudley College of Technology please contact the learner services team at learner.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education. Unless directly specified, there are no additional costs associated with materials to be purchased or trips for this course.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email: international@dudleycol.ac.uk.


Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.