City of Bristol College

FdA Early Childhood Studies

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • COBC1177 Making Learning Visible

      This module introduces students to different approaches of documenting children's development and their place in the planning cycle. Comparative studies will be made of models of assessment used in the UK. Students will be introduced to key models form overseas and consider their practical value

    • COBC1178 Understanding Children's Behaviour

      This module aims to develop in students an awareness of the issues surrounding children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and introduce them to a range of strategies for managing behaviour. Issues such as self-esteem, learning difficulties and interpersonal skills will be discussed

    • ECS102 Children developing and learning

      This module provides an introduction to theories of children's development and makes links between physical activity and other aspects of their development i.e. social, emotional and cognitive development. The importance of the role of play and the child's creative experiences such as art music and drama will be considered, and observations of children's play linking theory to practice will be examined.

    • ECS103 The child and family in society

      This module is concerned with the political, legal and administrative framework that exists to support families and children. It is designed to investigate the role of families and children in society and the functions of the private, statutory and voluntary sectors.

    • ECS104 Early Years Provision

      This module introduces students to a range of models of early years care and education provision. Comparative studies will be made of models from within the UK and some key models from overseas. Students will be introduced to curriculum frameworks and consider their impact on current practice.

    • ECS105 The Healthy Child

      This module introduces students to the role of the early years practitioner as a member of an inter-agency team in promoting healthy children. Both physical and mental health in children will be considered as well as inequalities in health.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • COBC2107 The Early Years Practitioner

    • COBC2139 Developing Communication

      This module aims to promote in students an awareness of the importance of the development of communication and language skills in children. Issues raised will include theories of language acquisition and what can affect the development of communication

    • COBC2140 Inclusion

      This module will address all aspects of equal opportunities and anti-discrimination. This will include looking at current legislation and regulations and how the principles are achieved in practice. Ways of challenging discriminatory practice will also be discussed. In addition, you will identify ways in which you can meet the diverse needs of all children

    • COBC2141 Research Project

      Students will engage in an early years research study in an area of particular interest. A range of research methods will be introduced and evaluated; and ethical issues will be discussed. Although guidance is given on key research skills, this module gives students the chance to work independently. An appreciation of the research process will be developed. All project topics will be subject to tutor approval

    • ECS204 Working with Professionals

      In this module you will be involved in identifying and understanding the role of other professionals who work with young children. You will also look at effective ways of working in a multi-disciplinary team. There will be an emphasis on appropriate communication strategies and developing your own communication skills, both verbal and written.

    • ECS205 Staying Safe

      This module will focus on the professional practices of people employed in the care of children. We will consider the concept of children's rights and the recognition, assessment and management of children who may be at risk or who have a history of abuse or trauma.

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 Plymouth University 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 City of Bristol 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. 

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.

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