FdA Early Years Playwork and Education

Course Overview

The main aims of this Foundation Degree are:

  • To develop generic and transferable skills relevant to the widening Children’s and Young Peoples workforce sector to improve their employability and progression in this area.
  • To provide students with underpinning knowledge of the common core requirements within the Children’s and Young Peoples work sector.
  • To develop awareness of regulatory frameworks and appropriate approaches for Early Years, Playword and Education contexts.
  • To cultivate the development of autonomous thinking and learning.
  • To provide Early Years, Childcare and Education practitioners with a course to a Higher Education qualification that enables successful students to progress on to an Anglia Ruskin University Honours Degree Course.
  • To provide an opportunity to access programmes of continued professional development for those who wish to progress on to further study and sector related qualifications and Awards
  • To achieve the specified learning outcomes contained within the modules of the course.
  • To provide enhanced lifelong learning opportunities for personal and professional progression.

Key Facts

University Centre Peterborough
2 years full time (day release)
Tariff Points
48 & Relevant role
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

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FdA Early Years Playwork and Education


This qualification will allow you to progress within your career framework and develop strategies to motivate and engage your learners making your role more fulfilling.

Core to this foundation degree is the development of your understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of working with primary aged children. It is particularly suitable for anyone with current experience in an early years setting or a primary school as many of the lectures and assignments build on the experience you already have within this environment. On top of attendance at lectures you will need to be in a support role (paid or voluntary) within an early years setting or a primary aged setting. Lectures are scheduled one day per week to offer maximum flexibility for this support role.

Modules (Subject to change)

Year one core modules

  • Learning and Development
  • Researching Childhood
  • Play, Health and Well Being
  • Work-based Learning 1

Year two core modules

  • Safeguarding the Young
  • Supporting Children’s Learning
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Work-based Learning 2 - Professional Practice.


Assessment is via a mix of coursework and essays, plus other oral and activity-based assignments. All constituent modules for this course are assessed by at least one assignment, which is fine graded.

Associated careers

Our course provides an excellent opportunity to extend practice within your setting. With further study at level 6 it may also offer an opportunity to pursue a career in teaching. It can also deliver an excellent foundation for any number of roles within the wider educational environment.

Entry Requirements

A minimum age of 18.

GCSE(s) required: GCSE at grade C or above in English (or any other Level 2 English qualification), appropriate Level 3 Integrated Qualifications Framework (IQF) Qualification (CWDC) with current or recent experience in childcare. Qualifications consistent with the University’s normal matriculation requirements (i.e. if you are under 22, you will need to have two ‘A’ levels or equivalent other qualifications).

Access to a suitable working environment involving children and young people. Commitment to study and work in the sector. A minimum of 400 hours working in a suitable children’s workforce environment (this is flexible and the breadth of students’ expertise/experience will be considered). Commitment to the work experience component. ICT competence sufficient to make effective use of word-processing and E-mail facilities. Access to ICT facilities at home and/or in the work place. Qualifications can also be evaluated for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Current DBS required.

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