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Early Years Studies (with Early Years Educator) FdA

Key Facts

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Start Dates: Sep
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:G2W5
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

The Early Years Studies degree is designed to give you an understanding of the complexity of early education, child development, and the developing child in the context of their family and society in local and global contexts, with a particular emphasis on using your workplace setting to provide contextual background and focus. The course focuses on a holistic approach to learning and understanding the needs of children. After an underpinning first year introducing you to key knowledge and skills, you will have the opportunity to explore the broader context of children’s lived experiences and the pedagogy used to support them through broadening professional development and within wider care and educational contexts. You will be able to understand the importance of educational research and enquiry and carry out research in your own educational context. This will provide the background for you to be fully prepared for working in multi-disciplinary teams in the Early Years and for further study. It will also allow your individual interests to be explored.

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We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Developing English And Mathematics (Wbl) (EDC060-1) Compulsory
  • Early Child Development (EDC055-1) Compulsory
  • Early Years Curriculum Studies (EDC056-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Higher Education Study (EDC018-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • Vocational Evidence Record 1 (EDC066-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Professional Practice (EDC042-2) Compulsory
  • Developing Teaching Practice (EDC063-2) Compulsory
  • Early Years: The Child, The Family, The Community (EDC077-2) Compulsory
  • Inclusive Education In The Early Years (EDC072-2) Compulsory
  • The Importance Of Play (EDC078-2) Compulsory
  • Vocational Evidence Record 2 (EDC085-2) Compulsory

The purpose of the assessment strategy is to maximise the outcomes of summative assessment through effective, personalised formative assessment. This is made possible by a variety of assessment types to engage a number of approaches to learning. Assessment types include essay, presentation, case study, literature review, placement tasks, supporting children's learning, developing a teaching pedagogy and observations, completion of VER and University based activity. In the feedback to each unit of work students are marked against a level specific marking grid and are given advice on their strengths and areas for improvement. Such advice should then be fed into their subsequent assignments to form a gradual building of knowledge, rigor and application. It is expected that the students workplace setting will give context to their individual assessment and will also be used in many of the assessments to provide secondary or primary materials to inform the assessment criteria and achievement of EYE criteria. Substantial guidance is provided on how to complete the assignments on the university Virtual Learning Environment called BREO (Bedfordshire Resources for Education Online) and in Unit handbooks, assessment briefs, unit podcasts, seminars and placement visits and mentoring. Many of the assessments relate to real world situations and encourage students to draw upon work experience, observations from Early Years settings and current affairs. Students will be given regular mentoring from university tutors and mentors in settings on how they are meeting the standards and opportunities to discuss progress and time in settings to ensure they are on track to meeting the placement hours. Students who do not meet the required number of days in placement by the end of year two will be unable to continue on the EYE pathway and will transfer to the FDA Early Years Studies course without EYE

Why study in the School of Education and English?

  • Broad spectrum of opportunities to study language and linguistics
  • 92% satisfaction with English Language and TEFL, NSS 2020

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

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E: admission@beds.ac.uk

Entry Requirements


As a graduate of this course you will be well placed to enter a career working with young children in community and social care settings, educational welfare, children’s centres or as a senior play worker/co-ordinator/manager.

This course can also be a route into teacher training courses.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student