Early Years, FdA (Lewisham Southwark College)

Further your career in the early years sector with this early years foundation degree. Build on your existing knowledge and experience to develop innovative and effective teaching methods.

This foundation degree in early years allows you to boost your career prospects while building experience in your current role. The course is taught through academic study and practical application, enabling you to enhance the quality of children's experiences in early years care and education. It covers areas such as learning through play, safeguarding, and working within multi-agency teams.

Successful completion of this foundation degree means you could progress towards a BA Hons degree or Early Years Teachers Status.

The course is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: Lewisham Southwark College in south-east London.

Partner college

Lewisham Southwark College


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What you should know about this course

  • You'll develop innovative and effective teaching and learning in the Early Years sector
  • This course is designed to enable Early Years practitioners and educators to build on the knowledge and experience they have built in their existing employment and raise their level of professional qualification to Foundation Degree Level
  • Advance your career prospects while building experience in your current settings

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

The Early Years Foundation Degree is run by the Department of Foundation Studies, Health and Care. We teach at both the Lewisham Way and Southwark Campuses (although the Foundation Degree will be taught solely at the Southwark Campus).

  • At our brand new Southwark campus we have a wide range of facilities, including:
  • Computer rooms
  • Science labs
  • iPad learning
  • Open access learning areas
  • On-site canteen
  • Free student Wi-Fi
  • Learning Support and Resource CentreWe also have a wide range of student support services available.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over, have 2 years' experience in working with children, and be passionate about providing high quality care and education for children in their Early Years.

Additionally, to enroll you must:

  • A Level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education or Access to Teaching or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent.
  • You must also have and GCSE English and Math's grade C  (or overseas equivalent – Functional Skills are NOT considered as equivalent);
  • Be working in an Early Years setting with children under 8 (for a minimum of 3 days per week on a paid or voluntary placement);
  • A letter from your employer agreeing day release, a work place mentor
  • A clean DBS.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?


Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.


On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

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.

2019/2020 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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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

Other costs

Information coming soon.

For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

On successful completion of the programme, you could progress to a full BA (Hons) degree (e.g. BA Hons Early Year Top Up, final year of BA Hons Childhood Status or BA Hons Education Studies) or an Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS). Career progression may lead to positions in management or senior practice.

Do you provide employability services?

The Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering our students to achieve their potential. We provide the following:

- CV and cover letter checks
- Application support
- One-to-one careers advice
- Interview tips and support
- Careers fairs
- Internships
- Graduate jobs

Locations and contact:
Greenwich Campus, Queen Mary QM015
Medway Campus, Black B014

020 8331 8810www.gre.ac.uk/employability

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

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