Course: FdA Professional Practice for Early Years

Department: Health and Social Care and Childcare

Type: Degree

Duration: Two years full-time or three years part-time

The Programme

This programme is designed for those wanting to enter the sector, as well as those seeking career progression. It brings together academic and work-based learning to equip students with the higher level knowledge, understanding and skills needed in early years delivery. The course benefits from outstanding links with settings across the region, including day nurseries, pre-school provision, special schools, primary schools and children’s centres.

What You Study

  • Professional practice
  • Principles of health, safety and safeguarding in early years settings
  • Approaches to children's learning through play
  • Observation, assessment and planning in the early years curriculum
  • Special needs in the early years
  • Theory and practice of behaviour management in early years settings
  • Multi-agency partnership working
  • Leadership and management in early years settings.

How To Apply

Application for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code J2A3, and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have 48 UCAS points at A-Level, a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent or an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Life experience of mature students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.

Lucy Brown

BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Lucy manages to hold down two jobs, working as an early years educator at a local nursery and also as a waitress, as well as her studies as she pursues her dream career working with children.