Early Childhood Studies FdEd

Education and Training

Education and Training
Education and Training
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Early Childhood Studies FdEd
Code L520
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time


This Foundation Degree will provide those already working or wishing to work with young children in different fields with an opportunity to develop their career and knowledge within a network of local provision. The students will recognise and champion the uniqueness of every child by exploring the key factors that affect them and their families. This course will enable students to gain a whole-child perspective, draw on several different disciplines and use the latest research to explore how children grow and develop, learn through play and how government legislation and policy affects children rights, welfare, education. Students will be able to understand and analyse the processes that shape childhood and children’s lives.

More information on the website for this and the BA Top up programme - https://grimsby.ac.uk/higher-education-courses/?fwp_search_he_course=early

Apply for this Foundation degree or the Early Childhood Studies BSc Top Up on the UCAS website - https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/515adf71-3ade-af04-3358-38e6fd9ef096?academicYearId=2021

The knowledge and understanding students acquire at level 4 becomes the foundation for future progress as an early year’s practitioner. Students are introduced to theoretical perspectives and investigate the contemporary landscape and changing nature of the early years’ sector. A progression to level 5 study will focus on the impact that current legislation and the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) has on children’s care and education. The role and importance of research within early education is paramount and the students will be able to investigate how published research influences policy makers and their practices.

Our staff come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and have strong links to the local provision as well as international practices, adding value and depth to the course including preparing students to gain employability within the sector and providing a high level of placement support. Students will experience professional work through child-centred and innovative placements, such as educational organisations, community settings and children’s charities. Students will record, reflect and monitor their growing and individual professional expertise to tailor their own career and academic progression. Learning on this programme is holistic, students will be encouraged to collaborate with their peers and colleagues. Taught seminars and lectures focus on interactive discussion and debate focused on the development of a professional dialogue


Level 4 - year 1

Study and Research Skills

Safeguarding Children

Personal and Professional Development

Young Children’s Learning and Development

Planning for Effective Learning

Enabling Environment

Level 5 - year 2

Personal Development, Transformation and Empowerment

International Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum

Collaborative Working

Inclusive Practice

Practical Approach to Research

Mental Health and Well Being

How will it be delivered?

The following methods of assessment will be employed. 



Individual Presentation

Group Presentation



Secondary Research

Primary Research

Poster Presentation

Literature Review

Entry requirements

Applicants will require 80 UCAS points in a related early years subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English GCSE (or Functional Skills equivalent) at Grade C/4.

For those students who intend to become Early Years Educators, it is important to note that due to Governmental changes, GCSE Maths and English will be compulsory at grade C/grade 4 or above. These students will be counselled individually via interview.

In line with the widening participation brief, the Institute encourages applications from those who lack academic qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed, set a 1500 word essay and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. 

Your next steps...

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment as an early year’s practitioner in the public, private or third sector.

There will be opportunity for students to further their academic studies at the University Centre Grimsby via progression to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top Up. Graduates currently go on to a range of careers in the early years sector as well as completing postgraduate qualifications, in order to work in education, health, legal and social work fields.