Bridgwater & Taunton College

FdA Early Years (Sector Endorsed)

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 million 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
    • SEEY109B Professional Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for relevant employment (including observing, curriculum planning, assessing) and reflection requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to engage in critical reflection of their practice and relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • SEEY112 Child Protection

      The module aims to build upon existing knowledge and provide an in-depth understanding of child protection. Key legislation will be researched and services available will be investigated. Students will be able to identify signs of abuse, and respond appropriately to children and their families where abuse is suspected or confirmed.

    • SEEY113 Working Together with Children, Families and Other Professionals

      This module examines the role of the Early Years Practitioner in developing supportive relationships with children, their families and other professionals. Recent legislation, current initiatives and relevant research will be identified and students will consider the impact of these on the early years settings, developing the knowledge and skills to respond appropriately to the needs of children and their families. An awareness of the importance of confidentiality and ethical considerations will be implicit throughout.

    • SEEY114 Supporting Children's Learning (3 - 8 Years)

      In order to provide effective support the early years practitioner must have a sound knowledge and understanding of all curriculum areas to be offered to children. This module will enable them to offer consistent and appropriate support to children and other staff, especially in the areas of literacy, mathematics and science.

    • SEEY115 Early Years Project - Investigation

      This unit considers the background to early years research. It allows learners the opportunity to develop the skills needed to become an independent researcher. The importance of information technology as a research tool will be investigated and an introduction to primary and secondary research methods is included.

    • SEEY116 Child Development - Starting with the Child (0-8 Years)

      This module provides the student with the opportunity to develop existing knowledge, skills and understanding of child development from 0-8 years and to reflect upon the implications for their work within the early years. Current and emerging theories will be investigated and considered from an early years perspective.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SEEY206 Early Years Project - Small Scale Study

      A development of the Early Years Project ¿ Investigation - module which gives learners the opportunity to undertake their own research project relating to early years practice. The relationship between theory and practice is explored as learners develop their understanding of a chosen area through extended reading and research. This unit encourages the development of skills in using, analysing and interpreting data.

    • SEEY208 Concepts of Inclusion in the Early Years Setting

      This module focuses on the diverse needs of young children in early years settings. Learners will explore the concept of inclusiveness and the effectiveness of current legislation and local and national policies in supporting the needs of young children, their families and early years workers in accessing early years provision. The importance of multi agency working will be implicit throughout.

    • SEEY210 Promoting Positive Behaviour

      To provide effective support for children who have complex needs, the early years practitioner needs to understand the importance of developing positive relationships. Students will explore this issue and develop a range of strategies to promote positive behaviour whilst exploring the potential effect of their own attitudes and behaviour on others.

    • SEEY211 The Role of the Early Years Professional

      This module allows learners to explore the differences between leadership and management and how it impacts on the success of the organisation. It will allow learners to develop a knowledge and understanding of the inspection process and how to work effectively with inspectors to achieve maximum benefit to the setting.

    • SEEY213 Child Health - Contemporary Issues

      This module requires learners to become familiar with causes & effects of a range of childhood illnesses & diseases. In addition, learners will be able to identify a range of services available & understand how to respond appropriately to issues, taking into account ethical & cultural considerations. It is designed to equip learners with professional knowledge to support the needs of the child, their families & carers.

    Optional modules
    • SEEY207 International Perspectives in the Early Years

      This module allows students to take part in an experiential study of early years care and education within an international context. You will achieve this by undertaking an international early years placement at a setting of your choice and which you will be responsible for organising.

    • SEEY212 Current Curriculum Issues

      This module investigates the statutory curriculum, government initiatives, international perspectives on early years education and current thinking on effective teaching and learning. A critical understanding of different curriculum models will enable learners to reflect on the learning process for young children and the implications for themselves as senior practitioners.

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.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College

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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.

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