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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary

This foundation degree considers the child and childhood through the areas of sociology, education and psychology. At the same time it draws upon the National Occupational Standards for Early Childhood to ensure the content is vocationally relevant.

This course:

  • is delivered online so can be studied in the comfort of your own home around work and life
  • combines academic study with work-based learning
  • develops higher-level learning within both the institution and the workplace
  • is offered on a full-time or part-time basis
  • is designed to enable students to study alongside their working hours, allowing a student studying full-time to meet their work commitments

The assessment tasks, set over the duration of the programme, are designed to develop and build upon a wide range of personal and professional skills, whilst strongly reinforcing links between theory and practical application. The assessment methods chosen have been designed to reflect the changing role of the professional, their ongoing academic achievement, as well as embracing the need for evaluation and reflection throughout.

All assessment at foundation degree level have an academic and work-based element. A number of the assessments consist of multiple components especially at the beginning of level 4. This enables students to work on and receive feedback on shorter written pieces at the beginning of their studies and to quickly develop key skills.

Within the foundation degree the main assessment types are:

  • Essay
  • Report
  • Assessed Discussion
  • Coursework
  • Case Study

Coursework enables the team to introduce more variety into the assessment process. For example in ‘The Playing Child’ the students are introduced to an online ‘scrapbook’ through which they are able to present understandings and applications of play in practice appropriate to a specific audience of their choosing, for example, practitioners, students, or parents/carers. It allows for more creative ways of providing explanations that enhance the audience’s understanding in respect of the meaning of play, classic and contemporary theories, the benefits of play for development and learning, and the role of play in the curriculum.

High quality feedback and feedforward is provided to students studying online to enhance their overall achievement. Students will be provided with written feedback and/or feedforward for each piece of work and have an opportunity to discuss this with their peers and tutors. Feedback is presented in a way that allows students to see how their academic work is progressing throughout the year and to easily view the comments of all tutors in a single Moodle space. This allows students and tutors to track progress and engage in additional support where needed.

This is a highly topical area of study as current policy and legislation is leading to demand for experts within the children’s workforce. The aim of this foundation degree is to develop you further as a professional in your own chosen field. Many of our students undertaking the foundation degree have moved up the career ladder both through promotion and into advisory, senior roles.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

11,750per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Glyndwr University, Wrexham

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Plas Coch, Mold Road, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL11 2AW, Wales

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    81st out of 81

    54th out of 83 13

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    112 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    51 51%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.71 74%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    103 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.80 76%



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