Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: Foundation Degree in Young Childrens Learning and Development
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: LX53
Code: SS2599A11
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 Years
Part time: 4 Years
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

Our Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies is for those students who are working, or who have a desire to work, in the Early Years sector. This qualification aims to enhance individual's knowledge and understanding of the holistic nature of the early years sector.

It has been designed in response to major changes in the government's policies in working in the sector these include: Dame Claire Tickell's Review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2011), Graham Allen's 'Early Intervention: The Next Steps' (2011) and Frank Field's 'The Foundation Years: Preventing Poor Children Becoming Poor Adults' (2010). You will study modules such as: Foundations of Healthy Development, Childhood, Culture and Society and Building Positive Relationships amongst others. If you wish to work in the sector you will find this course will enable you to fit studying around other commitments.

What will I study?

You will study 16 units to complete the course. These modules will examine the theories and principles relating to professional practice within the Early Childhood Studies and Education Sector. Personal Development Planning is also integral to the programme and you will work on developing a portfolio of evidence within the Reflective Journey modules at levels four and five in order to reflect upon the links between theory and practice. The development of this portfolio will illustrate your continuing professional development and professional competencies.

During the programme you will also be required to complete 120 placement/work-based learning hours within an Early Years or Education setting with children under the age of 8. This is a mandatory part of the foundation degree. If you are already working with an Early Years or Education setting with children under the age of 8, you will usually use this experience instead of completing a formal placement.

Modules include:

  • Reflective Journey 1
  • Foundations of Healthy Development
  • Childhood, Culture and Society
  • Values and Principles of Professional Practice
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Creative Effective Environments
  • Facilitating Positive Parenting
  • Preparation for Research
  • Reflective Journey 2
  • Creativity in the Early Years
  • Early Years Policy and Legislation
  • Early Years Research
  • Leading Quality Provision
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Practical and Responsive Pedagogy
  • Early Identification and Intervention

Download the Programme Specification for FdA Early Childhood Studies. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.


Entry Requirements


You’ll need 48 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 120 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.

In addition, for this programme, You'll need a clear current DBS certificate.




How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed in various ways. These include both practical and written forms of assessment. Group and individual presentations, reports, production of a rationale with a supporting academic poster, case study scenarios and open book examinations all form part of the course. All assessment are closely linked to practice and are aimed at enabling you to transfer theoretic perspectives to your Early Years setting. Assessments are supported through the use of our virtual learning environment (Moodle) where additional resources are available that extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom environment.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

As well as the award of Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies awarded by Lancaster University, you will have achieved an innovative and flexible qualification which will allow you to progress onto a number of different career options, including;

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up)
  • EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status)

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"The main strength of provision on the FdA and BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at Blackburn College is the dedication of the team and their constant drive to improve. They are a well-established team who work together and are openly critically reflective of their own practice."

External Examiners Report 2014/15
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