Foundation Degree (FdA) Early Years (part-time)
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Start Date
Course Type
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Sep 2020
Part-Time HE
About this course

Delivered at our Trowbridge campus, this part time Foundation Degree is designed for progressing level 3 NVQ or BTEC qualification, A Level students, Advanced Modern Apprentices or current practitioners who are working in a variety of Early Years settings with families or playgroups and in schools, nurseries and children's centres.

You will undertake study in areas such as child development, communication and language, reflective practice, leadershp and management issues in early years.

You will take a series of modules during regular classes at the college. In this way, you gain access to the theory and debate while remaining rooted in your everyday work with young children.

What will I learn?

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Studying Policy and Practice
  • Introduction to Reflective Practice
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Year Two:

  • Inclusive Practice
  • Communication and Language in the Foundation Stage
  • Physical Development
  • Mathematics in the Early Years

Year Three:

  • Well Being in the Early Years
  • Research, Policy and Practice
  • Leadership and Management in the Early Years
  • Issues in Child Development
  • Independent Study: Curriculum Study

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

Foundation Degrees are not typical degrees so there is no typical offer.  Each application will be considered on its merits and in the light of your employer's commitment to support your learning.

Specific entry requirements:
This is a work based course and a number of assignments require you to be working in a post where your managers will allow you to undertake and evaluate small scale projects with children and with your colleagues.

You should have relevant work experience either paid or in a voluntary capacity or as part of your studies.  Entrants should normally have as a minimum one of the following:

  • An A Level or vocational A Level
  • A NVQ level 3 qualification (such as BTEC or other qualification)
  • An advanced modern apprenticeship

Students with English as an additional language will need to have an academic mentor which they can organise to support their proof reading of assignments.

All applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Study, assessment and qualifications

For the duration of the programme, you will need access to a relevant work setting for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

You are expected to be employed or in placement for the duration of the programme.  This will enable you to appreciate the links between theory and practice and develop your understanding of key early years issues within a vocational context.

Assessment methods will include written assignments, video and face-to-face presentations, online discussions and other modes relevant to Early Years practice.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Early Years, accredited by Oxford Brookes University.

Additional costs and information

You may be required to attend an interview and the cost of this programme is £5,045 per year.

If you wish to apply for this programme, they are welcome to apply directly to Oxford Brookes University by clicking on the Part Time HE Application icon.

You can contact the college's HE Admissions team on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

Click here for the programme handbook.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

You could progress onto a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme that will be delivered at the college from September 2020.