Education (Early Childhood Studies)

at South Staffordshire College - Lichfield Site

Study options



Key facts

South Staffordshire College - Lichfield Site
Study option:
Part-time, accelerated
3 Years

Expert academics

Learn from professionals with real-world experience in the field of education

Practice and theory

Combine work placement and academic study to be up-to-date with developments in the education sector

Gain experience

Link your studies with your existing work placements

Are you keen on helping develop minds for the future?  This may be the next step in fulfilling those aspirations, a Foundation Degree that offers comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills required by those supporting learning and teaching.

The course will allow you to develop personal and transferable skills and enable you to make an immediate contribution within your working life. This will be achieved by studying a range of modules over the course.

The strategies for teaching and learning are designed to provide practical contexts for the analysis of contemporary issues and problems of a practical nature. You will also be required to complete work related tasks in all modules. This will provide you with the opportunity to link theoretical perspectives to your practice. It will also enable you to reflect on values, practices, assumptions and policies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: FdA Education (Early Childhood Studies)

Part-time study

The course is delivered one day per week.

Work placements

Students on this course are normally working in early childhood settings. Your existing workplace will make up your placement location.

Consequently a good deal of learning on this course will take place in the workplace using the experience of colleagues, observation, practice and reflective discussion.


Course content

Each module will vary slightly in the learning and teaching styles adopted. However, to get the most out of your studies, a blended approach will offer flexibility of learning through the use of face-to-face and virtual lectures, workshops and group work.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to reflect critically; to listen carefully to the views of others; to question values and opinions; to investigate evidence and draw upon your own informed conclusions. The teaching approach will often be activity based and participatory and you will be expected to take a full and responsible part.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Learning And Holistic Development 40 credits
Personal And Professional Development 20 credits
Safeguarding And Developing Educational Practice 40 credits
Supporting Learning And Inclusion 20 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Planning For Learning 40 credits
Professionalism And Career Development (Ecs) 20 credits
Working With Young Children (Guided Research In Early Years) 40 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Leadership And Team Working 20 credits

Entry requirements

All part-time applicants are individually assessed on their qualifications, skills and experience. However, you would normally

  • Be in employment (either paid or voluntary) within an educational setting for at least four hours a week.
  • Have a pass in an appropriate Level 3 vocational qualification (eg. CACHE DCE, NNEB, DNN, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC National Diploma Early Childhood Studies, NVQ Level 3 Early Childhood Studies/Playwork, etc).
  • GCSE qualifications in English and Maths or demonstration of a level 2 competence.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to have achieved an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.

Entry will be subject to a successful interview and applicants providing evidence that they have a clear enhanced DBS check which confirms that there are no reasons why a candidate should not work with children.

You must be employed for at least four hours per week in an appropriate educational role and early childhood setting. This employment may be paid or voluntary. A letter from your head teacher/principal/head of department/manager must accompany any application. This letter must support the application by confirming your involvement in supporting education and state that every effort will be made to support the applicant in undertaking the work-based activities required by the programme. The letter must also state that you have the appropriate and current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.


You can progress onto the BA (Hons) Early Chilldhood Studies (Top Up) degree that may provide a route into PGCE qualification and teaching.

Graduates from this course have also secured promotions within their current roles, working within education.

Your degree isn't just about securing that all-important academic qualification. It’s about gaining life and work skills to help you get ahead in the job market and gain employers’ respect. As a graduate of awarding body Staffordshire University, you'll gain skills and attributes that will help you stand out from the crowd, and become an employable, enterprising and entrepreneurial individual.

If you choose to progress on to BA (Hons) Education or BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies these are some careers that you may wish to consider What can I do with a early childhood studies degree? |

Teaching and assessment


The theoretical perspectives explored will enable you to reflect upon and share your experience, and relate this to current thinking. You will be encouraged to develop your observational skills and to question your own practice and that of others, to investigate how this is influential in the development of the ‘whole child’. The teaching and learning experience will offer a range of opportunities to develop the skills of the reflective practitioner, a theme which is integral throughout all modules within the programme.


The assessment tasks set over the duration of the programme have been designed to develop and build upon a wide range of personal and professional skills, whilst strongly reinforcing links between theory and practical application. The assessment strategy has been constructed to reflect the changing role of the early childhood studies practitioner at all ages from 0 - 8.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Year 1

10% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
12% of time in placements

Year 2

10% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
12% of time in placements

Year 3

10% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
12% of time in placements

Independent learning

Independent learing and reflection takes place throughout the course. This includes access to reading, work placements and access to virtual learning enviroments and blended activities

Year 1

20% practical exams
80% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

8% practical exams
92% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams


For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for FdA-Part-time, accelerated
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

As a part-time student studying at one of our partner colleges your fees are fee protected, meaning you will pay the same fee each year for the duration of your course.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
South Staffordshire College - Lichfield Site FdA Part-time, accelerated 26 September 2022 Apply now

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