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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Location

    Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary


Are you an enthusiastic and committed Early Years professional? Are you looking to enhance your professional practice? This two-year full-time degree is structured so that you attend University one day per week, enabling you to study without giving up work. It is therefore an ideal way to continue your career development in the rewarding field of Early Years.

Our course combines theoretical study with practical work, to help you explore how children learn and develop in the early stages of their lives. You will enhance your skills in reflection, independent thinking and critical analysis on your journey to becoming a more confident and skilled Early Years practitioner. This course provides the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood ‘Top-up’ and is an excellent pathway to enable busy practitioners to gain a degree.

The programme is designed to support the development of the role of the early childhood worker through an intermediate level of study.

On successful completion, students can continue their studies to a full degree by taking the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Level 6 Top-up programme.

Other careers include:

  • A range of work with Early Years (0 to 8 years) management and policy-making
  • Nursery day-care manager
  • Hospital support worker
  • Health and social care
  • Special needs (for example, Portage)
  • Good preparation for teaching and social work with young children
  • Study a PGCE leading to Qualified Teaching Status.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,500per year

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

University information

University of Chichester

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  • Campus address

    University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE, England

A dedicated full-time International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) supports students throughout their study at the University of Chichester.
A pre-master’s programme is available for those who need additional language or academic skills support before starting master's-level study.
Individual language-focused tutorial support available to all students for whom English is not a first or main working language.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 81 18

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    124 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.30 86%



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