Course Title Early Years Childhood Studies Foundation Degree (FdA)
Code BCUC3

Overview of the Course

This course will interest you if you are currently working or volunteering in an early years setting. It will provide a strong foundation in the theories and background knowledge of early years. You will apply practical scenarios from your working life and use them to reflect on how you can improve the service you provide to children and families. The course will develop your leadership skills and broaden your practical and theoretical knowledge. At the start of the programme you will be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you throughout the programme. One of the first steps is to work with your tutor to develop your Individual Learning Plan. This is a process that starts at the interview stage and continues through the course to assist with the integration of the theory and the practical work-based elements of the programme.
At the start of the programme you will be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you throughout the programme. Throughout your studies you will integrate the theory and practice-based elements of this programme, with some of your assessment based on your practice in the workplace.

What are the career opportunities?

Bury College University Centre also offers a top-up degree, BA Professional Development for Early Years, which you may progress onto after successful completion of this course. The course provides a basis for progression within the workforce, or with a top up to a BA Hons degree, can be used as a route into Early Years Teacher Status or Qualified Teacher Status.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Applicants will normally have a Level 3 qualification in an appropriate area
  • You must also have 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) and need to be working or volunteering in an Early Years setting
  • You will also have to attend an interview and receive a satisfactory DBS if you do not already hold one
  • If you do not have the normal entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course

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Course Duration

Three years

What topics will I study?

Level 4:
• Study Skills and Personal Development Planning
• The Developing Child
• ICT to support Children’s Learning
• Facilitating Children’s Learning
• Inclusive Practice
• Social Policy in Early Years

Level 5:
• Developing Self-Reflective Practice
• Safeguarding Children
• Managing Sessions
• Research Perspectives
• Independent Study


You will be assessed by a variety of methods including: short presentations, reflections on observations/tasks carried out in the work place, case studies and essays. Your tutor will visit you in your place of work at various points in the course.

Special Features

You will benefit from seminars, practical workshops and guest speakers who will give you an insight into career options available on completion of your degree.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

All students receive an initial allocation of 600 credits per academic year for printing and photocopying, additional credits can be purchased if required. Photocopying facilities are available in the LRC at an additional cost. DBS Clearance will be required before commencing placement. Cost £44.00.

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