FdA Early Years Practice (Part-time) - 2018 Entry

Clearing places available for September

Reasons to study Early Years Practice

  • Flexible, evening study allows current Early Years Practitioners to combine work with study.
  • Opportunity, upon successful completion, to progress onto the BA (Hons) Early Years Practice (top up).
  • Taught by a range of industry experienced lecturers, who are active researchers in their chosen field of expertise.
Start Date: September 2018 - May 2020
Duration: 2 years part-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Cath Barker
Telephone: 01744 623304
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Liverpool John Moores

Our Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice is ideal for practitioners (employed or voluntary) working in early years services.

You will gain a solid academic grounding that will improve your current knowledge and understanding of being an effective early years practitioner. The course includes holistic development within the early years, early years curriculum, partnership working, safeguarding and reflective, inclusive and leadership and management practice, whilst enhancing your personal, professional and academic skills. This will provide opportunities for you to develop further as an early years professional following graduation.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year will link to various professional and academic issues common to the early years sector. Modules at this level, support a greater understanding of holistic child development, working in partnership and developing a greater knowledge and understanding of the developing sector. This year will also support you to enhance your study skills to enable progression.

Year 2

The second year will support your developing academic ability. Reflection in the early years at level 5 aims to enhance employability and transferable skills as learners reflect and action their progress. The additional modules provide an insight to good practice and contemporary issues. Skills such as team work, independence, communication, leadership and reflection are developed whilst the course also highlights the importance of staying up to date with key issues within the early years sector. Students develop ideas about good practice from one another during seminar discussions.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical through lectures, workshops, seminars, self-direct study, written work, group work, presentations and guest lectures.

You will attend University Centre St Helens on a Wednesday and Thursday evening for two years.

You will be supported by a range of resources including a Uni Hub, a dedicated learning environment for degree students. A work placement will enable you to build upon your experience and gain links within the industry.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the duration of the course through both formative and summative assessments including written coursework assignments, essays, extended pieces of work, examinations, presentations, portfolios, case studies and reports.

Who will be teaching me?

Experienced lecturers with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of early years practice will work with you. Our lecturers are active researchers in their field with industry experience.

Ref: Cath Barker



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““Completing a range of placements as part of my course prepared me for my career. I now work with children with special educational needs. ”

Sophie, Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

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Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

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Industry Links

We have excellent links with local primary schools and childcare providers.

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