Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course has been designed to meet the needs of employers by including personal, practical and transferable skills, together with relevant knowledge and understanding of child development (birth to 8 years), how children learn and working with families, including behaviour and individual needs and safeguarding the child. The early years curriculum (foundation and key stage 1) is included, together with management studies in childcare and education.

Work-based experience is a key feature throughout the course, with one day per week spent in a placement, thus enabling students to experience a range of different settings. There is also a requirement to attend block placements for two to three weeks per year.



£2,000 Bursary

A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.


Fee Per Year £8000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

On completion of the FDA in Early Childhood Studies students will also achieve Early Years Educator Status if they have also achieved a level 2 in Maths and English.

Level 4 modules

  • Children’s Development and Learning (0-8 years)
  • Children’s Rights, Policy and Practice
  • Safeguarding the Child
  • Working with the Under 2’s
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Value of Play
  • Professional Practice 1: Academic Skills
  • Professional Practice 2: Professional Skills

These modules (at Level 4) provide students with the foundation knowledge and understanding in all key areas.  The necessary practical skills are developed through the Observation, Assessment and Planning module and are practised in the weekly Placement

Level 5 Modules

  • Understanding Young Children’s Behaviour
  • Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years
  • Early Years Framework, Curriculum and Planning
  • History and Perspectives of Early Childhood
  • Leadership & Management in Early Years Settings
  • Introduction to Research
  • Professional Practice 3: Partnerships
  • Professional Practice 4: Personal Development

The Level 5 programme further develops the knowledge and understanding gained in Year 1, with specialist modules in Early Years Framework, Curriculum and Planning and Safeguarding the Child.  This forms important links with Parents, Partnership and Multi-Agency Working, a module which covers a range of issues from children and families under stress to inclusion, bilingualism and cultural diversity.  The European dimension is included so that a comparison can be made with the curriculum opportunities throughout Europe Early Years Policy, Law and Services and Leadership and Management of Early Years Settings ensure that you will appreciate the context of relevant policies and legislation for this sector.  Management techniques are explored and practised.  A literature review is included as part of the Introduction to Research module.  This provides you with the opportunity to research a topic of special interest and to produce a report, thus developing the skills required to progress onto an honours degree programme.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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What Next?

The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to progress to an Honours degree or further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • Assessed coursework / assignments
  • Literature reviews
  • Presentations
  • Professional development journals
  • Formal examinations
  • Project proposals
  • Case Studies


The College is committed to delivering programmes that enhance the employability of our students by equipping them with the essential skills valued by employers. The College has always had a strong vocational and professional focus, effective links with industry and employs a range of strategies to ensure that our graduates are ready to enter the world of work.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to progress into careers such as room leaders, deputy managers, lead professionals in a setting, outreach workers, NVQ assessors.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - X310

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

48 UCAS points at full Level 3 in relevant subject(s). Relevant evidence of work experience and CPD and successful interview. A satisfactory reference is required.

UCAS Code: X310

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