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FdA Early Childhood Studies

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Saltash LEVEL: 5 Children, Schools & Families

This programme is for people over the age of 18 who are interested in pursuing a career working within the early years sector as, for example, a primary teacher or as an early years practitioner or manager.
It is particularly suitable for people who would like to study full-time over one day per week.

This foundation degree is essentially the first two years of a degree course; the third year can be completed as a top-up in order to obtain a full degree or honours degree.

You will study social science, developmental perspectives, values and ethics, new learning technologies for the early years and consider the creative use of the outdoor environment. You will learn about special needs in education, ways to protect children and how to teach literacy and numeracy skills to early years children. You will conduct an independent study in a topic you are particularly interested in. You will also have the opportunity to work with specialists, where you will be able to apply specialist knowledge to early years practice, for example, art and dance specialists. The programme also includes a module to develop your own personal and professional skills in readiness for employment, for example team working skills, decision-making, problem-solving and communication.

Work-related learning is an integral part of the programme and is built into the majority of modules by providing opportunities for you to apply your learning directly to your specific working environment. Therefore you will also be required to undertake a work placement in an early years setting and this may be on a voluntary or paid basis.

Modern learning environment. Supportive tutors.  Small groups. Highly qualified and professional tutors, all specialists in their field and qualified to MBNA, or working towards Master’s level (all level 7).

Students will also benefit from:
–      Guest visits from early years specialist, creative arts specialist and a Magistrate.
–      Forest School experience.
–      Links with international pre-school.
–      Qualified tutor to support learner by completing in-practice observation (non-assessed – formative support).  This is particularly beneficial for sharing good practice.

Excellent links with local employers, this includes presentations from local early years settings and sharing good practice and independent projects researched and presented by level 5 students.  Local employers are also invited to the Research Day, put on by the students so to share good practice and academic knowledge.
Visit to a Magistrate’s Court, experience the Forest School learning philosophy, visits to alternative early years settings, for example Montessori.

Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Teaching
– Teaching Assistant
– Early Years Care Management
– Early Years Practitioner
– Working with Individuals with Special Needs

Additional Information
Progress onto level 6 (top-up) via an approved Plymouth University honours degree progression route: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.  Other progression routes are available at Plymouth University, including part-time courses in early years and FLECS (Flexible Learning in Early Childhood Studies) where as an undergraduate you will be expected to become an ‘independent learner’ and take responsibility for your own learning.  More information can be found on:

Progress onto level 6 (top up) at Cornwall College: BA (Hons) Curriculum and Education

Progress onto a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) teaching qualification. You will be required to complete vocational practice for the duration of the course in an early years setting (0 – 8 years), this may be paid or on a voluntary basis.

Students have the option of completing FREE G.C.S.E. qualifications in English and Mathematics as part of programme.

Bursaries and grants are available – see Student Finance / Tuition Fees pages of our website for details.

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: XL35
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Course Documents

FdA Early Childhood Studies


Indicative Module Year 1

- Social Science

- Developmental Perspectives

- Creative Ways for a Healthy Lifestyle

- Values & Ethics

- New Learning Technologies

- Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2

- Social Policy

- Special Needs

- Independent Study

- Early Years Practice

Options (choose one)

- Numeracy & Literacy

- The Child as an Individual

- Parents & Families

- Cognitive Development

*Modules are subject to change and availability


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