Professional Studies (Early Childhood) FdA

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2019


This Professional Studies (Early Childhood) Foundation Degree is intended for adults working, volunteering or leading practice within a range of early years settings. The work-based degree is a combination of practice-based learning and college-based sessions, which run once a week, so that you are able to continue in employment throughout the course.

The degree is designed to improve and develop your personal and professional communication skills, allows you to professionalise your approach and further your personal growth. The course and pathway for early childhood is suitable for those working and supporting children early years settings. You can progress from this pathway onto qualifications to honours degree level.

What will I do?

Within the Professional Studies (Early Childhood) FdA qualification, you will study a range of modules. The modules are designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of your specialist area. You will study at our dedicated Boston College University Centre.

In your first year, you will examine principles of learning as an introduction to higher education and investigate the complex relationship between guidance, practice and meeting individual needs. You will explore your role within your chosen sector to support your professional formation and modules covering inter-agency working, children's development and social interactions will support your practice knowledge.

    Within the first year (Level 4) you will study:

    • (101) Tools for Learning
    • (102) The Individual in Society
    • (103) Philosophies Policy and Provision
    • (104) Collaborative Practice

    Within the second year (Level 5) you will study:

    • (201) Supporting Learning in the Early Years
    • (202) Inclusion
    • (203) Rights of the Child
    • (204) Practitioner Research

    You must have a minimum of 12 hours per week in their setting (accumulating to 360 hours per year of study in a relevant role, either as an employee or a volunteer). The programme delivery structure includes four 30-credit modules per year. Modules will be taught in blocks of seven or eight weeks. Tutors employ a range of teaching strategies that include interactive lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Moodle is used extensively to share module materials and directed reading to support assessments.

    The entry qualifications for the Professional Studies (Early Childhood) FdA a Level 3 qualification in a suitable area. If you do not hold a Level 3 qualification, but can evidence significant experience this may also be accepted.

    Typically, a minimum of one years’ experience in practice with a minimum of two days a week (minimum of 12 hours per week accumulating to 360 hours per year of study in a relevant role, either as an employee or a volunteer) is also required.

    All applicants will have an interview whereby experience and qualifications can be explored.

    The Professional Studies (Early Childhood) FdA will take you two to complete. You will attend College every Tuesday, 1:00pm - 8:00pm, plus 12 hours in practice.

    35% of your time will be spent in lectures and 65% independent study. Your independent study includes undertaking wider reading preparing for assessments.

    The Professional Studies (Early Childhood) FdA will cost you £5950 per year.
    Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances. Please enquire for details.

    You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

    The careers team based in college can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Officer number listed below.

    Please note that all fees are subject to change.

    A range of assessments are included in the programme such as essays, portfolios, case studies, research reports and oral assessments including group discussions and presentations. This will enable you to build upon your personal strengths and develop clear communication skills to share your knowledge and understanding in different ways.

    Level 4 Modules

    • Tools for Learning - Assignment 50%, Oral Assessment 50%
    • Individual in Society -Assignment 50%, Assignment 50%*
    • Philosophies, Policy and Provision - Assignment 50%, Oral Assessment 50%
    • Collaborative Practice and Safeguarding - Assignment 50%, Assignment 50%

    Level 5 Modules

    • Supporting the Learning in the Early Years - Assignment 50%, Oral Assessment 50%
    • Inclusion - Assignment 50%, Assignment 50%
    • Rights of the Child in Early Years Practice - Assignment 50%, Oral Assessment 50%
    • Practitioner Research -Report 20%, Report 80%

    You can progress from this pathway onto qualifications to honours degree level.

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