Cornwall College

FdA Early Childhood Studies

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate courses across seven campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Personal and Employability Skills Development (CORC1013C)

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • Safeguarding Children (CORS1000)

      The module contains an overview of the role of the practitioner in implementing safeguarding policies and procedures. It analytically explores legislation and policies which safeguard children. Personal skills that contribute to the safeguarding process and ways of working with parents and carers are explored and discussed.

    • Multi Agency Collaboration (CORS1001)

      This module is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively as part of a multi-agency team in their professional careers. It develops a critical approach to the evaluation of the barriers to multi-agency collaboration, and to strategies for developing effective multi-agency practice.

    • Developmental Perspectives (CORS1002)

      This module will be used as the basis for exploring the major theoretical explanations which have shaped modern social psychology and then evaluating their usefulness in promoting understanding of the processes and consequences of development.

    • Values and Ethics (CORS1003)

      This module aims to focus on the values underpinning good professional practice within the educational sector and the influence of personal values on practice. Students will have the opportunity to explore ethical principles in relation to their work and relate these to the dilemmas they face in their workplace. The module will enable students to examine a range of practice guidelines and to examine the relationship between personal, professional and agency values.

    • An Introduction to Sociology (CORS1004)

      This module provides students with the opportunity to understand factors which promote or inhibit the development of the individual persona within a social context and introduces students to some of the major sociological and ideological theories. It will help students to develop their awareness of social influences that impact upon early years provision.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Creative Ways for a Healthy Lifestyle (CORS2000)

      This module considers the contribution of government guidance and relevant national agencies in developing the health and fitness of children. It will consider how physical activity, a healthy diet and creative use of the learning environment can contribute to developing a positive mind-set and a lifelong active lifestyle.

    • Learning Technologies (CORS2001)

    • Supporting Educational Needs (CORS2002)

      This module enables students to deepen their understanding of children with special educational needs and how to support them. It explores issues of disability and special educational needs, definitions and terms and considers the differing models of disability. It highlights the importance of the need for practitioners to work sensitively with parents and collaborate effectively with other professionals. Issues of access and inclusion will be explored in the light of government legislation

    • An Introduction to Research (CORS2006)

      This module offers an opportunity for a student to investigate and write a research proposal and literature review on an agreed contemporary early years issue identified from within early years practice.

    • Placement for Practitioner (CORS2007)

      This module is intended to provide students with the opportunity to maximise professional learning opportunities which accrue from work-place experience in a setting working (paid or unpaid) with children (0-5) or with children and their families.

    • Numeracy and Literacy (CORS2008)

      This module considers aspects and issues that are currently viewed as central to the development of Numeracy and Literacy. Early years practitioners and parents are involved in supporting the development of skills, knowledge and understanding of Numeracy and Literacy, it is essential that students are confident and aware of current initiatives in this field. (0-8years).

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.

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

Our partnership with Cornwall 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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.
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