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FdA Early Childhood Studies

Level 5

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Key Info

Learning Area   Children, Schools & Families
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   2 Years
Institution Code   C78

Dates & Locations

Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   15/09/2020
UCAS Code   XL35

This programme is for people over the age of 18 who are interested in pursuing a career working within the early years sector as, for example, a primary teacher or as an early years practitioner or manager.

It is particularly suitable for people who would like to study full-time over one day per week. This foundation degree is essentially the first two years of a degree course; the third year can be completed as a top-up in order to obtain a full degree or honours degree.

You will study social science, developmental perspectives, values and ethics, new learning technologies for the early years and consider the creative use of the outdoor environment. You will learn about special needs in education, ways to protect children and how to teach literacy and numeracy skills to early years children. You will conduct an independent study in a topic you are particularly interested in. You will also have the opportunity to develop and apply specialist knowledge, for example learning about how to use the outdoor environment as an effective learning space in conjunction with Wildlife and Marine specialists. The programme also includes a module to develop your own personal and professional skills in readiness for employment, for example team working skills, decision-making, problem-solving and communication.

Work-related learning is an integral part of the programme and is built into the majority of modules by providing opportunities for you to apply your learning directly to your specific working environment. Therefore you will also be required to undertake a work placement in an early years setting and this may be on a voluntary or paid basis.

Additional costs:

Opportunity to take part in outdoor activities: kayaking £24.95 per person

Opportunity to meet with a dental practitioner: £5.00 approx per person

  What You Will Learn

Indicative Module Year 1:
Developmental Perspectives
Creative Ways for a Healthy Lifestyle
Values & Ethics
New Learning Technologies
Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2:
Early Intervention
Social Policy
Special Needs
Independent Study
Early Years Practice

  Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply. You will also need to secure and work placement including DBS check in an Early Years setting for 2 days per week for the duration of the course.




Possible Progression (subject to availability)

– BA (Hons) Education & Curriculum Studies final year at St Austell
– BA (Hons) Children, Schools & Families final year at St Austell
– BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies final year at University of Plymouth

Possible Careers

– Teaching
– Teaching Assistant
– Early Years Care Management
– Early Years Practitioner
– Working with Individuals with Special Needs


How to Apply  


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Clare Reed

A photo of Clare Reed

Clare studied the FdA Early Childhood Studies and the BSc Health, Community and Social Sciences. She chose to study at Saltash as the course fitted in well around her work commitments and childcare needs. She enjoyed the opportunities that occurred during her time at the college.

" I managed to gain a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid certificate and attended conferences that I would otherwise not be privy to. I had the opportunity to fundraise for Childrens Hospice Southwest as part of a module and was privileged enough to visit Little Harbour, a truly humbling experience.

I went into employment as the Charity Coordinator and Youth Worker for TICTAC Liskeard. The setting is within Liskeard School and Community College grounds and I love that I have a broad range of experience with children and young people and that I am able to apply the knowledge achieved throughout my studies."

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