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FD Primary Education

  • Course Type: Foundation Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

After successful completion of the FD Early Years and Education, you have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-up) course at University Centre Peterborough to obtain a full honours degree with a further year of study. Following this, many of our graduates proceed to Initial Teacher Training in order to pursue a career as a qualified teacher.

The course can lead to a broad range of future careers with a focus upon children and families.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
  • Play Therapist
  • Early Years / Primary School Teacher
  • Education / Nursery Management
  • Special Needs Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Children’s Centre Management
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Learning Mentor

Note that some careers may require further study or experience beyond the Foundation Degree.

Who is it for?

Embark on an enriching educational journey with our Foundation Degree in Primary Education, designed to empower aspiring educators with the essential knowledge and practical skills needed to foster young learners’ growth and curiosity.

Join a vibrant academic community dedicated to shaping the future of education, and equip yourself with the tools to make a meaningful impact in the foundational years of a child’s learning journey.

The course is a great option for existing primary education practitioners or those who are looking at joining the sector whilst working with children. Working in the education sector is valuable to society and the local community with staff being key workers.

Develop your understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of working with young children on this two-year foundation degree course. It offers the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of a broad spectrum of modules related to the care and education of young children, with specific reference to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.

The lectures and assessment tasks will enhance your knowledge and experience of Primary Education, through teaching and discussion on a wide range of topics; from child development and children’s mental health and welllbeing and professional practice.

Alongside lectures, you will learn on the job through participating in placement activities. Therefore, you are required to have a position (paid or voluntary) in a Primary School setting. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to work within and support a variety of Primary School settings. You will have an increased understanding of relevant legislations and curricula, the importance of providing high-quality care and education to children, and an awareness of how you can enhance children’s experiences to support them in reaching their potential.

There will continue to be a very high demand for teachers in the region with a 19% increase in 5 to 14 year olds from 2015 to 2036 (Source: Cambridgeshire Research Group, 2015 Based Population Forecasts). This makes education a growing sector offering great local employment opportunities.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Introduction to EYFS & National Curriculum (15 credits)
  • Planning & Assessment in Primary Education (15 credits)
  • Child Development and Learning (30 credits)
  • Children's Mental Health & Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Academic & Professional Practice 1: Primary Education (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People (30 credits)
  • English in Primary Education (30 credits)
  • Mathematics in Primary Education (15 credits)
  • Science in Primary Education (15 credits)
  • Academic & Professional Practice 2: Primary Education (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You must meet the following entry requirements:

5 GCSE grades C/4 or above, including English, Maths and Science and 48 UCAS points, which should be from a related subject in one of the following:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE
  • Related work experience
  • Overseas qualifications are judged to be equivalent to the above

Applicants are required to have gained a minimum of 400 hours work experience (e.g. one year for two days a week) within a early years or primary education setting before starting the course. 

You must have a confirmed placement in an Early Years setting of a minimum of 12 hours per week a total of 288 hours per academic year, including identification of a workplace mentor

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications may be offered an interview to discuss equivelant qualifications and previous experience.
We accept A Level General Studies and AS levels when combined with other full qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

An interview may be required before an offer can be made.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

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£8,250 per year. There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 2 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year). Each semester is 12 weeks.

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