FdSc Early Years Care & Education Foundation Degree

Demand for high quality childcare and education services requires highly skilled, well-educated Early Years Practitioners. Our two-year FdA Early Years programme is designed to prepare you for a formal leadership role within an early years setting or a role that focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace.

The course will offer you an opportunity to review the various disciplines that contribute to our understanding of early childhood and aims to support practitioners working in a variety of settings.

You will be expected to recognise the role of play and its importance in the curriculum. You will carry out observations and, through the analysis of the observations, be in a position to contribute to curriculum and environment planning which reflects the age and stage of development of every child.

With the need to complete independent research, career aspirations, and inspect services and mentor trainees, the role and demands of an Early Years practitioner are constantly increasing. That is why higher level study in this field is becoming more and more essential.


Hastings (Station Plaza)


Level 5

Course Type

HE (Degree Level)


Higher Education (HE)

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Options Course Code Starts Ends Days From To Annual Fee Overseas Fee
enquire apply 16677y1 23/09/24 19/06/26 Tuesday + Thursday 18:00 21:00 £7995 £9000

What will I study?

During the course you will study modules that will relate directly to your workplace, and allow you to put your learning into practise. You will understand the process of learning for children and young people, study language and literacy development, and fully understand safeguarding, welfare, and wellbeing of young people.

Modules include:

  • The Practitioner as Learner
  • Children and Young People’s Learning and Development
  • Pedagogical approaches and the adult role
  • Play as a Developmental Learning Process
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development
  • Professional Reflective Practice in Learning and Development
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Assessing Children’s Achievements and Families in Communities

How will I be assessed?

You will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence as well as submitting essays. You will also be assessed in the workplace for elements of some of the units.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have completed this course you will be a well-equipped practitioner to take on either a formal leadership role within the setting or a role which focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace.

You may choose to complete your academic studies with us by continuing onto the Level 6 BA (Hons) in Early Years Care and Education validated by the University of Brighton.

Are there any extra costs?

There will be a charge for a DBS ( formally CRB Criminal Records Bureau) check if students are not currently employed in their setting.

Additional Info

Applicants must be involved in at least 12 hours / week of activity focused time with groups of children. They must have agreement from the workplace/employer to support the them through workplace learning facilitations, including provision of learning and assessment opportunities required by the course. Applicants must have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.