Early Years Practice — Foundation Degree (FdA)

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Course information

The Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice is a full time qualification
which provides students with the specialist knowledge and skills required within
the Early Years sector. The Foundation Degree is awarded by Liverpool John
Moores University (LJMU). This is a Level 4/5 qualification which has been
developed in collaboration with Early Years' employers, LJMU and other partner

The Foundation Degree is delivered in a variety of ways, for example: through
lectures, workshops, students led seminars, private and independent study. Work
based learning is a key part of a student's learning: students will be using
their workplace including a chosen mentor and everyday duties, as a key learning
resource throughout the programme.

Course content at Level 4 includes:

  • Working in Partnership

  • Early years Education

  • The Developing Child

  • Technology within the Early Years

  • Personal Professional Development

  • The History of Childhood

At Level 5, course content includes:

  • Reflection in the Early Years

  • Inclusion, Health and Well Being

  • Research Enquiry

  • Safeguarding Practice within the Early Years

  • Leading and Managing in the Early Years

Special Features: The Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice is a
part-time attendance mode educational qualification which will provide students
with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the Early Years sector.
Part of this qualification is based around work-based learning.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

FD Early Years Practice Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


FdA Early Years Practice awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

This course leads to...

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree may lead to increased promotion opportunities within the Early Years sector and may also lead to the ability to work at a level recognised by employers as Senior Practitioner. Subject to the availability of places within the University, achievement of the Foundation Degree also allows progression to the articulated route of BA (Hons) Leaning, Development and Support at LJMU or BA (Hons) Top-Up Early Childhood Studies at The City of Liverpool College. The Foundation Degree may also be used as a bridge towards gaining Early Years teacher status working with children from birth to five. Students wanting to progress on to the Early Years teacher status will be required to have GCSEs minimum grade C in English Language, maths and science.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a total UCAS tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 60 points.
You should hold a level 3 qualification in childcare such as NVQ3, DCE, NND, NNEB, EYE or equivalent.
Post 2014 students must hold a level 3 full and relevant qualification (as listed by the DfE) in childcare. A full list of relevant qualifications can be found at www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level5.html.
GCSE in English at grade C or above or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Key Skills Communication; Level 2 Functional Skills).
Candidates without GCSE English (grade C or above) will be required to write a short essay at the time of interview to demonstrate the ability to understand and make use of written material to ensure they are able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English.
At least two years recent/relevant experience working with children in either paid or voluntary employment. Those qualifying after September 2014 a work based placement for a minimum of 300 hours.
Applicants must hold a satisfactory reference from their employer or voluntary organisation. This should indicate support for the student in undertaking the foundation degree and agreement in providing a mentor to support the student with the work-based learning.
Evidence from employer or voluntary organisation of a recent clear DBS check.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 158143

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance, or contact our HE team at HEoffice@liv-coll.ac.uk.

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