City College Plymouth

FdA Early Years

We are a College with a national reputation for promoting enterprise, employability and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Study in a friendly, supportive higher education community with dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers delivering courses designed with employers, ensuring that you graduate with industry-relevant skills and knowledge. In 2017, the College was awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award for our university-level provision.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • EYSE101 Child Development A Cognitive, Intellectual, Language and Physical Development

    • EYSE102 Child Development B - Personal, Social and Emotional Development

    • EYSE104 Inclusion and the Individual Child

    • EYSE111 Personal and Professional Development Planning

    Optional modules
    • EYSE113 Understanding Diversity and Adversity

    • EYSE114 Learning Environments

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • EYSE201 ICT

    • EYSE202 Working with Parents

    • EYSE204 Multi-Agency Working and Sharing Information

    • EYSE213 Safeguarding and Protecting Children

      Practising professionals will hold knowledge regarding safeguarding; procedures, promoting well-being and responding to abuse both physical and mental therefore this module aims to extend knowledge; considering diverse aspects and factors of practices and response. Current strategies will be analysed, evaluated and reflected on in relation to effectiveness and practitioners will develop knowledge and awareness of collaborative working with external professional agencies, children and families in relation to boundaries and limitations of roles. Training resources and activities will examined with improvements to ensure quality and effectiveness explored. Knowledge and understanding of legislation and statutory guidance will underpin the module with students developing an understanding of rationale and justification for up-dating and improving such documents.

    Optional modules
    • EYSE207 Working with Babies 0-3 Years - Part 1 - Holistic Development

    • EYSE208 Working with Babies 0-3 Years - Part 2 - Planning Care for Babies

    • EYSE209 Teaching Assistants - Part 1 Supporting Children in Literacy and Numeracy

    • EYSE210 Teaching Assistants - Part 2 - Supporting Children's Scientific Development

    • EYSE211 Early Years Foundation Stage - Part 1 Planning and Resources

    • EYSE212 Early Years Foundation Stage - Part 2 Assessment and Evaluation

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

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 City College Plymouth

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 City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

Find out more about studying at City College Plymouth