Bridgwater & Taunton College

FdA Early Childhood Studies

Bridgwater College and Somerset College recently merged to become Bridgwater & Taunton College. Study a specialist degree with us and be part of our growing community of over 28,000 students. Enjoy our outstanding facilities – we have recently invested £4 million into our agricultural facilities, £2 million into our new Animal Management Centre and £12.5 m in our Art & Design facility (known as the Arts House). We recently won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for FE & HE, as well as many other awards, and always achieve top results, which makes us one of the best colleges in the South West.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • FECS105 Play and Learning

      Play is a fundamental component of the Foundation Stage curriculum and provides enriching opportunities to promote children's learning. This module is designed to develop students' skills in planning stimulating learning experiences and to recognise the potential of using I.C.T. with children. It develops understanding of the holistic value of play and activities.

    • FECS112 Maths, Science and the Child

      Mathematics and science are often perceived as intimidating subjects. This module aims to develop students' competence and confidence in mathematic and science to help them view maths and science as dynamic bodies of knowledge that can be explored using a creative and problem solving approach. It emphasises the application of maths and science to everyday life and explores how children develop mathematical and scientific understanding.

    • FECS114 Language, Literacy and the Child

      Language is fundamental to all aspects of young children's learning. This module explores how language ability develops and how the early years worker can encourage children to use play and talk to represent and explore their developing ideas. It raises awareness of communication difficulties and applies knowledge of language development to emerging literacy.

    • FECS115 Learning and Development

      Appropriate and sensitive responses to children depend on understanding their development. Both theoretical perspectives and empirical observation will be used to deepen this understanding. The module develops awareness of the impact of family and social experience on the holistic development of the child. It considers how individually appropriate learning experiences can be developed.

    • SCOL1085B Professional Practice and the Workplace

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    Optional modules
    • FECS106 Interpersonal Skills and Equal Opportunities

    • FECS113 Promoting Child Health and Protecting Children

    • FECS118 Applied Social Science

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • FECS208 Special Study

      This module will provide learners with the opportunity to maximise learning opportunities and professional development which arise from work-place experiences in the Early Years. It is based on the recognition that learning takes place in a variety of situations and settings and aims to encourage students to reflect on how they can develop their learning in future workplaces.

    • FECS209 Early Years Curriculum

      This module addresses key issues related to the nature of a curriculum for the Early Years. This will include critical consideration of a variety of frameworks and models of the curriculum. Students will explore the nature of the relationship between teaching and learning in the Early Years and the contribution made by talk and play to young children's affective and cognitive development. Structuring effective learning environments inside and outside and the role of adults as mediators or learning will also be explored.

    • FECS210 Professional Practice

      This module will provide learners with the opportunity to maximise learning opportunities and professional development which arise from work-place experiences in the Early Years. It is based on the recognition that learning takes place in a variety of situations and settings and aims to encourage students to reflect on how they can develop their learning in future workplaces.

    • FECS211 Independent Study

      This module provides students with the opportunity to study an area of interest in more depth. Tutorial support will be offered. Students will present a seminar to the group about their chosen topic.

    • FECS213 The Regulatory and Legislative Framework for Early Years Services

      This module explores the regulatory and legal policy context in which the provision of early years services takes place. Early Years practitioners need to be aware of this context and the factors which influence it. Current government initiatives are examined and their impact on children and early years services is evaluated.

    • FECS214 Working with Children and Families

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

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