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Early Years Care and Education

This foundation degree has been designed to provide you with a broad understanding of early years theory and practice, giving you an insight into cultural and contextual changes that influence child development and growth.

There is a large focus on employability, and you will undertake a work placement in both your first and second year of study, where you will develop essential practical skills that are supported by the theoretical knowledge you acquire during your studies.

During the second year, you may have the opportunity to enhance your learning by participating in an educational trip. Previous groups have travelled to Germany, where they visited a forest school. Here, you will experience how children learn in a different culture and educational system. This has been invaluable to students in the past and helped them develop into effective practitioners.

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What will I learn?

Ucas Code: BX71

Award: FdA awarded by University of Plymouth

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this foundation degree you may progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Child Development and Education degree at UCSD, the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management degree at UCSD, or the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could also immediately consider employment in a variety of early years disciplines and roles, such as a manager within an early years setting or a higher level teaching assistant. You could also go on to achieve Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

Potential Job Roles

“During my career I have gained a broad range of skills relating to early years education and childcare, and I can now pass that knowledge on to new learners. It’s fantastic to support learners in achieving their goals and helping them find employment in this rewarding industry.”Stefanie Crinks

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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