Early Years - FdA

UCAS Code:
Full-time: X311
Part-time: apply direct to South and City College Birmingham
Full Time (2 years), Part Time (3 years)
September 2017
South and City College Birmingham , Digbeth Campus

Available full-time or part-time at our partner South and City College Birmingham, this foundation degree is an excellent source of professional development if you are already working in a childcare setting, and is a highly respected starting point for your studies.

Equivalent to two years of degree-level study, it offers direct entry to the final year of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Course at Birmingham City University, providing a Commendation/Merit profile is attained. The course offers professional recognition and academic knowledge for trainee Early Years practitioners, leading to enhanced career prospects.

This course supports the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), ensuring you can deliver provision that complies with EYFS learning and development requirements

Subject to approval


This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards. The course starts in September 2017.

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New and re-designed courses for 2017/18

At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.

That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.

We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.

Our new courses

  • Practice-led, knowledge-based
  • Entirely modular
  • International in approach
  • Employment-focused

To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.

We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.

*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Birmingham Conservatoire

This course is subject to approval

How to apply

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International students

You will need to complete our international application form or via an in-country representative. Links to the application form will be available soon.

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Rosemarie Lowe

Programme Director Early Childhood Studies

Having spent 10 years teaching in a variety of primary and infant schools in Birmingham I had the opportunity to develop a service within the local authority of a team of early years specialist whose role was to support and develop early years practice and provision across the maintained and non-maintained sector.

This move into an advisory role, training and development combined interests in adult learners and a passion and commitment to high quality effective early years provision. Moving to Higher Education seemed a natural progress and I spent some time teaching and developing Early Childhood courses at Newman University College before joining Birmingham City University in 2008.

The rights of children and the need to work in partnership with parents remain a core value in my teaching and research interests, which is reflected in my current studies and recent evaluation projects for local authorities.