London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

The Early Childhood Studies FdA course combines practical and college'based learning, helping you to develop expert skills and knowledge in all aspects of working with young children. Touching on academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education, you'll also receive advice and guidance from a mentor during practical work experience.

With this combination of theory and professional practice, you can be assured that the foundation degree is focused on teaching you the skills employers demand.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

**More about this course**

This foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies has been developed to meet the needs of qualified early years practitioners working with children and families across all fields of the early years sector, including play, care, health and education.

Both local and international perspectives on early childhood will inform your studies. The course teachers will draw on disciplines including psychology, sociology, social policy, education and health, while specific topics covered will include children’s rights, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion.

You’ll build on your previous experience in the early years sector and undertake training with guidance from a mentor at work. Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become a senior practitioner, leader and manager of early childhood environments.

You'll study this course at our partner institution Hackney Community College. See the Teaching Locations section for further information.

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Studies FdA will enable you to continue onto the Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons).

Course Modules

Year 1 topics include:

Introduction to Childhood Studies Play

Language and Learning

Professional Development

Aspects of Health

Child Observations

Working with Parents

Early Years Provision Broad

Balanced Curriculum Year 2 topics include:

Symbolic Representation

Multilingualism Specialism 1 and 2

Special Educational Needs

Early Years Management

Protecting Children’s Welfare

Theories of Learning

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA £6,000 Home Fees