FdA Childhood Studies, Care and Education


Introduction to this course

This is a sector-endorsed and accredited programme of professional development specifically designed to develop personal understanding, knowledge and skills of education in a wider context. It is aimed at those already supporting teaching and learning within Early Years and is designed to enhance practice in the workplace. Peer-to-peer support is encouraged, as is workplace mentoring.


Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone working with young children under 8 in a nursery, playgroup or preschool or as a childminder. If you are looking for more responsibility at a higher level within your workplace, this course could be for you. If you are wishing to gain Early Years Teacher Status or considering a teaching career, this programme is highly desirable as your first step. Do remember, in order to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) further on in your career, you will also need to consider undertaking GCSE English, Maths and Science. Speak with us at the University Centre Yeovil for more information



How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here



Entry Requirements

You must have a Level 3 qualification in Childcare or a relevant area and at least two years experience of working with children in Early Years. You will need a minimum of Maths and English GCSEs at grade A*-C or an appropriate Level 2 Key Skills qualification or equivalent. You may be employed or a volunteer with at least 15 hours work experience per week. A letter of support from your employer will be required plus two references and a current DBS enhanced disclosure. Applicants will be required to attend an interview.



Duration of this Course

This is a three year. part-time course. Classes start Wednesday 27/09/2017 at the Yeovil College University Centre and run 4pm to 8pm.



Career Prospects

This course is recognised as excellent preparation for Senior Practitioner level. If you want to gain EYTS, remember you will also need GCSE English and Maths. If you want to qualify as a teacher, you will need GCSE English, Maths and Science. This course aims to enhance your career prospects, skills and knowledge. Previous students have gained promotions with their existing employer or moved into related roles, becoming teachers, Early Years Advisors, Children’s Centre Managers, Parent/Family Liaison Workers, Support Officers or Lead Practitioners. Others have progressed to higher qualifications, including locally available top up Honours degrees.


Following this course, you can apply for senior management positions and family worker roles. It is also a step towards EYTS.



How will I be assessed?

After each unit, you will be expected to produce 4000 word assignments. These will include essays, reports, case studies, reflection on practice or group work and presentations. Your assignments should be based around your own experience in practice and make links to theory. Every effort is made to keep assignments evenly spaced for submission throughout the programme.



Course content/units

You will study four terms at Level 4, followed immediately by five terms at Level 5. It is possible to take certification at Level 4, if preferred.


Year 1 Level 4


  • Theories of Learning
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Child Development 0-8
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Early Years Curricula
  • Personal & Academic Development
  • Year 2 Level 5

  • Safeguarding Children & Adults
  • Leadership & Management in Early Years
  • Working with Parents
  • The Curriculum in Practice
  • Supporting SEN
  • Introduction to Research

  • How will I be taught?

    You will be taught through lectures and seminars and have opportunities to learn through problem solving, reflection and sharing best practice. Research and self-study outside of scheduled classes will further develop your knowledge and be essential to your success on the programme. Taught sessions are one evening per week. You will be expected to take ownership of your learning and spend time in self study, particularly at Level 5. You should have basic computer skills or be prepared to acquire them for assignment writing and research. You will have access to a tutor, library and IT support while on the programme.



    Expenses for this course

    Course Fees 2017/18: £4000


    This is a minimum course cost. Please note that fees vary depending upon your personal circumstances and government funding. Additional membership and exam fees may also apply. First year cost only. Additional fees will apply for further years of the course. Please contact the Student & Customer Services Team on 01935 423921 for more information.


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