Adult Courses, Higher Education

Early Childhood Studies (FdA)

Course Overview

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Entry requirements

  • Level 3 in Childcare and Education or equivalent GCSE grades 9-4 (A*- C) or Level 2 equivalent in English language and math or be working towards achieving them.
  • Two years full-time experience working with children in an early years or school setting
  • Currently working in early years, as either a paid employee or volunteer (12 hours minimum)
  • Enhanced DBS (evidence required) to work with children.
  • One satisfactory reference from an employer or workplace manager.
  • Mature (over 21) students, who do not meet these academic qualifications but have relevant work or life experience will be considered.
  • Applicants are expected to attend an interview and may take College assessment for English and maths.

Course information

Working with children and young people is demanding but it is the most fulfilling work you can do. There is a high demand for early years qualified staff and this course aims to meet this demand by focusing on theory and practice of the study of the play, development, and learning of children from birth to six years of age.

The course is designed to meet the professional and personal learning needs of all those working with primary-aged children. It is aimed at classroom and learning support assistants in primary education settings, for example, people working as childminders or in a group setting, such as a nursery, kindergarten, preschool, community creche, or children's center environment.

What Will I Study?

Year 1 Unit
  • adult as children learners
  • perspective in children's development
  • understanding play
  • safeguarding young children's health and well-being
Year 2 Unit
  • challenging equalities in early childhood
  • approaches to pedagogy and curriculum in the early years
  • personal, social and emotional developmental matters
  • creative thinking and representation from birth to six
  • communication in multi-lingual contexts

Student finance information on student loans is available at the loan application the institution is LONMT (short for London Metropolitan University) the institution code is L68 and the course code is X945-H

  • How you are assessed

    You will be assessed through a range of assignments, coursework and exams.
  • Next steps

    If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via Our institution code is L68 and the course code is X945-H.

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    You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at

Available Campuses

Dates Schedule Max. fee if paid
Start: 16/09/2024
End: 01/07/2026
To be confirmed

What Can This Course Lead To

On completion, you can progress onto the final or year 3 of a related subject Degree, for example, direct entry onto the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University or progress into gaining the Early Years Practitioner status.

You could also progress into a variety of job roles including; Teaching Assistant, Nursery Worker roles and managerial or supervisory roles within Early Years.

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