FdA Early Years and Childhood Studies (Licensed)

Delivered at Wiltshire College

This is a licensed University of Bath programme of study delivered entirely at the partner organisation.

The course content is relevant for practitioners working with children aged 0-5 as well as Teaching Assistants in the foundation stage.

Work experience is integral to the programme with each student undertaking at least one day a week of work in a relevant setting over the duration of their studies. The work undertaken can be paid or voluntary. The work setting or service provides practice and mentor support. Relevant settings include primary schools, nurseries, pre-schools, children’s/family centres and Centres of Excellence in Early Years.

Teaching and Learning

As a student on a Licensed programme of the University of Bath you will be taught at Wiltshire College (please see Wiltshire College’s website for details of which campus you will be taught at). You will be taught by academics and practitioners in the field. Each standard unit (6 credits) has a notional learning time commitment of 120 hours, including both contact hours and independent learning. This is consistent with national guidelines. The Programme Specification can be found on the ‘More details’ tab.  

On successful completion of the Foundation degree, students who have achieved a sufficient grade level will be given the opportunity to progress to a one-year programme leading to a BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies work-based learning degree.

Students on licensed programmes are provided with membership of the partner institution's Students' Union/Association. Students will have access to the partner's facilities for academic and personal support, sports and social clubs and opportunities for involvement in student representation. Licensed students are not eligible to join the University of Bath Students' Union. For further information please see the 'More details' tab.

Additional costs

For information regaridng any additional costs associated with this course please contact Wiltshire College

Candidates will be required to:

  • be a current practitioner in Early Years with at least two years’ experience
  • have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure level and absence of offences which preclude practice in early years care
  • achieve a successful selection interview

BTEC Extended Diplomas (suite of qualifications known as Nationals on the QCF Framework) in the following areas:

  • Childhood Studies
  • Health and Social Care and other relevant fields - PPP Profile
  • candidates with a Diploma in Childcare and Education will need a minimum of Grade E in theory units
  • those with a National Diploma in Early Years will need a minimum of five merits

BTEC Nationals (NQF Framework) in the following related areas:

  • Childhood Studies
  • Health and Social Care and other relevant fields - PPP Profile
  • candidates with a Diploma in Childcare and Education will need a minimum of Grade E in theory units
  • those with a National Diploma in Early Years will need a minimum of five merits

CACHE (formerly NNEB)

  • Children's Care Learning and Development and other relevant fields for example:
  • Playwork
  • Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

Candidates will need a minimum of Grade E in theory units.

Level 3 Certificate

  • Supporting full certificate in Children's Learning or related fields e.g. Learning Support and Playwork

Candidates will need a minimum of Grade B in theory units.

NVQ and other L3 Qualifications (in Childcare, Teaching Support, Child minding or a related subject area)

Candidates must PASS the qualification and undertake the University's AP(E)L process which will require the submission of a written academic piece of work.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Students who have completed units on a sector endorsed foundation degree awarded by a different Higher Education Institution may be eligible to gain credit for those units studied or gain direct entry into year 2 of the Foundation Degree.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Education pathway or equivalent
  • Pass of 60 credits with minimum of 45 at L3
  • Must have Level 2 English and Maths (either included or extra)

Advanced Level Apprenticeships

As part of the WVLLN progression agreement, candidates with NVQ3 Early Years, NVQ3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Advanced Apprenticeship Early Years (gained with the last five years) are guaranteed an interview for this programme subject to having the appropriate professional experience.

Level 2 English

All applicants will normally require passes (at grade C or above) in English or their level 2 equivalents.

Non UK based qualifications

Students applying with non-UK based qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants without formal academic qualifications

Students without formal qualifications but who have a minimum of two years relevant work experience and are able to demonstrate that they have developed the necessary skills to succeed on the course can apply through the University's AP(E)L procedures.

English Language Requirements

Where English is not the applicant’s first language an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no section lower than 5.5) or equivalent qualification, will normally be required.

Applications are made through UCAS to Wiltshire College. For further information on how to apply please contact the college directly:

Wiltshire College