Early Years, Care & Education

This is an exciting and dynamic course that provides the opportunity to gain a Foundation Degree whilst working. The Foundation Degree focuses on the development of competent, skilled senior practitioners in early years care and education. Following successful completion of your studies, you will be able to work as a senior practitioner in a variety of settings, supporting and caring for children 0-8 years. Currently, successful students progress to the Early Years Teaching Certificate or top up to a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years.

Workplace experience and evidence of your performance as a senior practitioner is a key component of your development and you will be expected to be working in an early years environment for at least 12 hours a week whilst you are on the course.

A wide range of specialists have been involved in the design and development of the course including practitioners in the field. This ensures the programme is up-to-date and, above all, relevant to your day-to-day work. The programme has been closely linked to the Department of Education’s Statement of Requirement for the Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation degree – the national benchmark and standard for those working in the sector.

Course content and structure

Over the three years of the course you will consider your practice and develop your knowledge in:

◾ Child development and learning
◾ Planning and organising the curriculum
◾ Working with others

There will also be opportunities to improve personal skills related to your work-based setting and academic requirements.

Throughout the three years of the degree, the units studied provide you with the opportunity to link your study to the workplace. Computing skills are developed throughout the course and part of the assessment for the course includes working as part of an on-line professional forum.

Student Successes

St Vincent graduation 2018

Picture above: 3rd year Fda Early Years students graduating at University of Portsmouth in July 2018

Now studying for a BSc in Communication Science following successfully completing the Foundation Degree at St Vincent.
Final Destination:

Wonderful supportive staff at St Vincent – would highly recommend

BA Honours in Education and Training following successfully completing the Foundation Degree at St Vincent.
Final Destination:
Early Years Teaching

bg-quote1I would highly recommend the course. It was exciting and challenging and the support from the lecturers was fantastic!

How much it will cost?

Currently the course fees are £2,375 per year (subject to change). However you may be eligible for partial fee remission subject to funding from Hampshire Education Department.

For further information and advice please contact us by email on adulted@stvincent.ac.uk or by telephone on 023 9258 3890

Foundation Degree Flyer

How to Apply

You can apply online via the University of Portsmouth website.

The FdA Early Years Care and Education degree is validated and awarded by the University of Portsmouth.

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