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Early years courses

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We offer specialised part-time courses for early years professionals that allow you to study whilst still in employment.

Our courses are designed for every stage of your career and include:

FDA in Early Years Practice
A Foundation Degree is the first step towards gaining Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and will be of interest to Early Years Practitioners qualified to level 3 who are working with children from birth to five years.

FDA Working with Children and Young People
This course will be of interest to practitioners working in a range of setting with children and young people or those with broad experience.

BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Early Years)
This one year top-up degree enables Early Years Practitioners to top-up their Foundation Degree, meet their continuing professional development (CPD) needs and develop their expertise.

BA (Hons) Professional Practice Working with Children and Young People
This top-up degree is flexibly designed to enable practitioners in community health, education, social care and policing to meet their continuing professional development (CPD) needs and develop their expertise in their practice setting

Why study an early years course?
The Government's reforms are focussed on birth to five as the evidence is clear that high quality early education and childcare can have a powerful impact on young children preparing them for school and later life.

Find out what our students say about our early years courses.

Visit us and find out more
Come along to one of our postgraduate and professional open evenings to speak with a course tutor and find out more about the great opportunities that we offer. Find out more about our open evenings here.

How do I find out more information and apply?
Contact our Recruitment Team on 01494 603 171 or email us at