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Yeovil College University Centre

Childhood Studies Care and Education

UCAS Code: 51LK

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements

Equivalent to at least 48 UCAS Tariff points, from at least 2 A levels.

Access to HE Diploma


At least 9 credits achieved at 'Distinction' with all remaining credits achieved at 'Merit'.

Full diploma, achieving at least 24 points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Equivalent to 48 UCAS Tariff points or above.

UCAS Tariff


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Full-time | 2021


Early years education

This course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to support your continued development in the Childhood Sector. It is suitable for those working in Early years or Primary School provision to further develop skills to Level 5. Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students and Year 1 + 1st semester in Year 2 for part-time students) develops skills to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of well-established theories, concepts and historical origins of theory. To be able to take responsibility for personal and professional development using reflection and feedback to analyse own capabilities and be able to implement actions of improvement. Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students and Year 2 2nd semester and Year 3 for part-time students) begins the process of being able to work appropriately with a variety of interdisciplinary groups and teams, showing a critical insight in leadership and management skills. Also to be able to consistently employ appropriate pedagogical and andragogical approaches to achieve the best outcomes when working with children, professionals, colleagues, parents and carers. The course operates on a fixed modular basis. Most modules count for 15 academic credits although some are double weighted and count for 30 credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the Foundation Degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5; these are Pass, Merit and Distinction awards.


Level 4 - Theories of Thinking and Learning, Documenting Children’s Learning, The Promotion of Personal, Social and Emotional Development through Positive Interactions, Understanding Curriculum Development, Child Development and the Life Course, Personal Academic Development.

Level 5 - Safeguarding, Introduction to Research, SEND, Curriculum in Practice, Leadership and Management, Working with Parents.

Assessment methods

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that each module requires. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Each module has its own assignment brief and assessment method, this maybe set as an essay, report, seminar, presentation or academic poster and counts as your mark for that module. Assessment for this FdA is 100% coursework; your Level 5 grades will determine your final grade. You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment). Note: You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all modules (Level 4 and 5), all Level 4 modules must be passed as a prerequisite, before progression to Level 5 modules.

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