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Childhood Studies and Early Years

Adults Higher Education (UcWA)

FdA Early Years and Education (Foundation Degree)

This exciting and fulfilling course is focused on extending your knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary issues in the childhood studies sector. The course blends theory with practice as there is the expectation that you will complete a placement, or be employed, in an early years setting or school for the duration of your studies. The multi-disciplinary programme prepares students for careers in early years and care or primary education as a teaching assistant or class teacher, family support, health and social services.

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  • Course Description

    The course is taught by a highly experienced professional team with expertise in the fields of education and the early years sector. You will have the opportunity to explore theoretical perspectives and work based practice through lectures, workshops, presentations, work based projects, presentations and assignments. There is a strong emphasis on the development of ICT, communication and presentation skills. With the foundation degree in Early Years, Playwork and Education you may be able to progress on to our top-up qualification, which will provide you with the opportunity to gain a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies.

    If further study is not for you, you may be able to gain senior practitioner status in an early years setting, move into management in a setting or work as a higher level teaching assistant.


    All of the following modules are subject to change.

    Level 4

    Module name Credits
    Learning and Development 30
    Play, Health and Wellbeing 30
    Researching Childhood 30
    Work-based Learning 1: Professional Practice 30

    Level 5

    Module name Credits
    Supporting Childrens Learning 30
    Safeguarding Children 30
    Embracing Diversity 30
    Work-based Learning 2: Professional Practice 30
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 64 UCAS tariff points from a relevant level 3 qualification nor other relevant level 3 qualifications

    • A grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English language

    • Two years of proven work experience in an early year or school setting

    • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

    International (EEA) applicants:

    International applicants from the European Economic Area (EEA) may be asked to complete IELTS and achieve a level 7 if there are significant doubts about an applicant's level to communicate. A NARIC statement of comparability will be required to translate grades into their UK equivalents.

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (King's Lynn)
    • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies - Part-time (King's Lynn)
  • Course Fees

    Fee information

    Information about course fees and student finance can be found below.

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    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    FdA in Early Years and Education.

    How is my course assessed?

    Assessment activities include written essays, poster presentations, portfolio building, article writing, group work, group presentations and a number of practical activities to be carried out in the workplace or placement setting, for instance, child studies, activity planning, implementation of activities and work based learning projects.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 2 years

UCAS code LX5H


Emily Frisby

Childhood Studies & Teacher Training Academy

Emily chose to study childhood studies at CWA as she was able to achieve the grades she needed to go to university, whilst gaining practical experience.

“College allows you to study more independently but the tutors are always there to give you support. During my two years at CWA, I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I would say to anyone thinking of coming to college to go for it, as it opens up avenues you otherwise would not experience.”

Emily is now studying primary education at university. 


Paige Simonds

Teaching Assistant Level 3

Paige has taught her class group, a level three childcare class, and staff members how to read braille, creating brilliant resources to help everyone learn, demonstrating confidence, resourcefulness and maturity beyond her years.

Read her story

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