Exeter College

FdA Early Childhood Studies

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • EXCE130 Child Study

      This module provides an opportunity to study a particular child¿s development over a period of time within their social context and wider environment. It will give the student an understanding of the relevance of child studies within the early years field. It will help the student to develop an understanding of research methodology with particular relevance to systematic observation of children in their natural setting

    • EXCE131 Work Based Learning (Continued Professional Development)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for relevant employment, including sensitivity to the values of others. It requires the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including critical reflection of their practice through the use of a journal/portfolio and the ability to relate their practice to underlying theory and principles

    • EXCE132 Influences on Learning with Young Children

      This module focuses on the theoretical background of play and learning in the early years. It offers the opportunity to explore the historical background to early years¿ education. It considers social questions, issues and problems. It allows students to make comparisons both nationally and internationally and evaluate curriculum models with current early years research

    • EXCE133 Computing in Early Childhood Education

      This module examines a range of resources and strategies employed to promote the use of ICT and computing with young children. The main aim is to extend ICT knowledge. In addition the module considers how technological awareness can enhance a personal pedagogy when embedding play and learning across the curriculum, and considers processes underpinning social change

    • EXCE136 Diversity in Early Childhood Education

      This module encourages students to reflect upon their own values and relate to these in a professional capacity. Demonstrating sensitivity to values and interests of others, whilst describing and illustrating social issues and problems, underpinning social change. The modules focuses on the concepts of equality, diversity and rights, comparing theoretical perspectives. Key themes, are gender, ethnicity and culture

    • EXCE145 Curriculum Activities in Early Childhood Education

      This module focuses on the importance of effective curriculum activities in the early years 0-8, including cycles of observation, planning and assessment. Students will be expected to carry out activities in the workplace and critically evaluate their effectiveness against a relevant list of criteria and considering the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 National Curricula

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • FDEY201 Working with colleagues

      This module focuses on the importance of working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals. It offers opportunities to study theory and practice in relation to individual roles within a variety of organisations.

    • FDEY202 Independent Study Module

      This module allows students to make an in depth study of an area of the early years provision that is not directly supported by the modules they are taking. This module will reflect an area of individual interest and will be related to their professional development portfolio.

    • FDEY204 Children with Specific Individual Needs

      This module will examine a range of children with additional needs and how they may be met in an inclusive early years setting.

    • FDEY205 The Healthy Child

      This module emphasises the links between physical health and a healthy lifestyle. This module will introduce some of the influences on the ability to make healthy choices such as the media, social context, economic, cultural and family issues. Students will be encouraged to analyse the nature of boundaries and rules that ensure a child?s safety whilst allowing him/her to develop a self awareness of danger.

    • FDEY210 ICT and Computing with Young Children

      Thid module examines a range of strategies employed to promote the use of relevant ICT with young children. It's main aim is to extend ICT knowledge in order to promote the use of ICT in a variety of curriculum areas

    • FDEY211 Safeguarding and Child Protection

      This module focuses on developing a critical approach to safeguarding within early years settings. It enables learners to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse while informing on methods to identify appropriate legislative procedures and strategies which underpin the multi disciplinary approach to safeguarding.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Exeter College

The University of Plymouth 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 the University of Plymouth. 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 Partnerships 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 Exeter College

We’re proud of our awards – and you can be proud of your education with us. In 2012 we were recognised as the leading further education college in the country after winning two Times Educational Supplement FE Awards.

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