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Early Years Practice — Foundation Degree (FdA)

Early Years

Course ID: 163423

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Foundation Degree in Early Practice awarded by Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Gain guidance and support from your own mentor.
  • Take part in workplace experience to boost your skill set and employability.
  • Develop communication, IT, team working, time management and problem solving skills.
  • 2 year course.
  • A great basis for progression to Honours level, via a further progression of study.
  • Study in an inclusive, safe and supportive learning environment.

What to expect from the course

The Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice is a full time qualification that provides you with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the Early Years sector. It is awarded by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

This level 4/5 qualification has been developed in collaboration with Early Years' employers, LJMU and other partner colleges.

Work-based learning is a key part of your learning. You'll use 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

Please note: This course is currently undergoing a review which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

The programme aims to:

  • Provide the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for the care and education of children across children’s services, considering a range of pedagogical approaches
  • Provide an appropriate understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework for Early Years, and prepare students to work within this framework
  • Ensure that students can observe, assess and plan, to meet the individual needs of babies and young children
  • To enhance multi-professional practices, working collaboratively with others in an Early Years context
  • Deliver the professional and practical skills and competencies required to work in children’s services, demonstrating knowledge of political, economic, cultural and ideological contexts
  • Ensure students can demonstrate within their practice that they have adopted appropriate value and belief systems for Early Years or play or school-based settings; these include values relating to anti-discriminatory practice, equality of opportunity and ensuring inclusive practice
  • Develop students' self-awareness and reflection, including the ability to evaluate their effect on other people and in the environment in which they work
  • Develop students' ability to understand and apply the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Develop students as reflective practitioners, with an understanding of the need for commitment and lifelong learning
  • Develop the personal and transferable skills critical to practitioners in children’s services. These skills include communication, application of numbers, IT, team working, problem solving, effective time management, self-reflection and academic writing
  • Provide a suitable basis for progression to Honours level, via an appropriate further programme of study

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

FD Early Years Practice Programme Handbook (20-21)

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


Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice

Why study with us?

The Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice provides students with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the Early Years sector. Part of this qualification is based around work- based learning.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

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 availability of places within the university, achievement of the foundation degree also allows progression to the articulated route of BA (Hons) Supporting, Learning and Development at LJMU, or BA (Hons) Top-Up Early Years 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 as minimum GCSEs at grade C/4 in English language, maths and science.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

,• A level 3 full and relevant qualification (as listed by the DfE) in childcare. A full list of relevant qualifications is found at:
• GCSE in English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Key Skills Communication; Level 2 Functional Skills)

Candidates without GCSE English (grade C/4 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.

• A satisfactory reference from their employer or voluntary organisation, which indicates support for the student in undertaking the Foundation Degree and in providing a mentor to support the student with their work-based learning.

In addition to above, for those qualifying at level 3 prior to September 2017:
• At least two years recent/relevant experience working with children in either paid or voluntary employment
• Evidence from employer or voluntary organisation of a recent, clear DBS check (i.e. completed in the 12 months prior to start of programme).

In addition, for those qualifying at Level 3 after September 2014:
• A work-based placement within a good Early Years establishment for a minimum of 300 hours. N.B. Support can be provided in finding an appropriate placement once a ‘conditional’ place on the course has been offered.

N.B. For students whose education has not been in English, evidence will be required of proficiency in English.

Typically, applicants will need to have achieved: Band 6.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Testing Scheme), and/or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 or above (completed within 2 years of date of application to the Foundation Degree).

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 8278.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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