Do you want to work with young children? Or maybe you already are? This exciting foundation degree can help you start or advance a rewarding career. It could also help you into further qualifications and even a teaching degree.
As an Early Years and Education student at ARU, you’ll learn about the education sector, child development, play, safeguarding and equality.
There’s a strong focus on issues that are currently affecting early years and education services, so you can be sure your knowledge is up-to-date and relevant.
Join a course that's ranked 3rd in the UK for Learning Opportunities (Source: subject ranking for Childhood & Youth Studies, National Student Survey 2022).
Our FdA Early Years and Education offers a higher-level qualification for anyone working as a teaching assistant, early years practitioner or playworker. This course allows you the option of studying whilst you work. It’s also ideal if you want to study before starting your career.
There’s a strong focus on the issues that are currently affecting early years and education services – as well as on your ability to carry out research. Particular emphasis is placed to the development of the individual child and/or young person, understanding of your role in the workplace and your contribution to the effectiveness of the organisation as a whole. You’ll develop a secure knowledge and understanding of the content of the widening workforce curriculum.
You’ll develop a wide range of practical and analytical skills which are valued by employers, including the ability to think critically about your work and the setting you may be working in.
Our friendly tutors all have experience of working in the education sector. They’re keen to see you succeed, and will give you regular, helpful support and feedback. You’ll study individually and in small groups to develop your flexibility, independence and teamwork. You can choose to study on campus or study via distance learning.
After graduating from our Early Years and Education FdA, you’ll have the option to take a top-up course to get a full honours degree in just one year full-time, or two years part-time.
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As an Early Years and Education FdA graduate, you’ll be at an advantage when applying for roles in playwork, early years and school support.
You might also go on to further study, including topping up to a full honours degree.
"Having an opportunity to study in a different setting will give me a chance to learn new skills and meet new people."Symone
FdA Early Years and Education student
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