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 New City College at their Hackney campus. 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

Example Year 1 modules:

Adults and Children as Learners

Perspectives on Children’s Development

Understanding Play

Safeguarding Children’s Health and Wellbeing

Example Year 2 modules:

Challenging Inequalities in Early Childhood

Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years

Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters

Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six

Communicating in Multilingual Contexts

Start Date:


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