Foundation prospectus

Early Childhood Studies, FdA (Guildford College)

Our Early Childhood Studies, FdA gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work in the early years' sector and invaluable experience teaching ages

Partner College

Guildford College


2 years full-time

3 years part-time

Professional recognition

Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree (Children's Workforce Development Council).

This course is intended for students wishing to work professionally with children aged 0-8 years (or who are already working with children in this age group) wishing to study for a higher level qualification. It aims to equip you to play professional roles in the early years sector. 

You will develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to participate in planning, evaluating and implementing the education and care of young children from 0-8 years and will use this knowledge and understanding to support your practical work with children in the workplace. It is fundamental to the approach of the course that theory and practical work are inter-related.


The aims of this course are:

  • To give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in the early years' sector, as required by new Government legislation
  • To give you invaluable experience in a variety of settings and with different age groups of children
  • To provide opportunities to progress to the Early Childhood Studies BA Hons and gain a degree in one further year.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have 64 UCAS points from:

  • BTEC National Diploma in a relevant subject or CACHE Level 3 Diploma
  • Or A-levels in two or more subjects with at least one grade C in a relevant subject, plus supporting GCSE passes at grades A*-C (9-4)
  • Or an Access to Higher Education Certificate
  • Or another relevant Level 3 qualifications e.g. NVQ 3 or Advanced Diploma.

Please note:

  • Mature students with extensive work experience and/or relevant professional qualifications will also be considered
  • You also need to obtain a Criminal Records Bureau check
  • Places are subject to successful interview and offer.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


The majority of assessment is through coursework in the form of reports, presentations, essays, portfolio compilation and practical work.


You could become a day nursery or pre-school worker or supervisor, teaching assistant or early years officer, or pursue a career in a range of other areas such as childcare, education or early years. nursery manager, early years officer, childcare service manager, or Ofsted Inspector.

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