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FDA Early Years Practice

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Do you want to take your career in Early Years to the next level? We've designed this course for Early Years professionals who are already qualified at Level 3. Typically, you'll have one to two years' experience working with young children and feel ready to take the next step in your career.
We'll help you to further understand the growth, development and learning of young children whilst exploring the values and historical, cultural and legal frameworks that influence Early Years care. You'll also learn national and international perspectives on supporting the development of children.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Working as a practitioner you'll already have experience and the necessary personal attributes for working with children. You'll leave BNU with a more in-depth understanding of how your role can help a child reach their full potential.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Early Years education is part of our School of Health and Social Sciences. We've designed our courses to support people working in the public, independent and voluntary sectors. At BNU we keep in contact with the practice environment and work with employers to make sure we build a highly skilled and competent workforce.

As well as giving you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed, we'll work together to help you develop important attributes required to be confident working in Early Years. By the time you finish the course you'll be able to work with increased confidence and ability in multi-agency environments as part of a team.

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What will I study?

We cover a range of topics that will benefit your future career and throughout your learning we'll focus on supporting your professional and personal development whilst exploring the latest research and legislative frameworks so you can be the best practitioner you can be.

In year one we cover child development, the team supporting the child and learning through play whilst in year two we look at children, families and society, inclusion and curriculum principles. You'll finish the course confident in applying your skills and knowledge in your future practice.

Encouraging children to learn through experience and creating a secure environment will be your main responsibilities. You'll learn how to develop young children's curiosity alongside teaching them practical skills.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The programme aims to use a variety of teaching methods to reflect general principles and different preferred learning styles for each of our students. We offer a stimulating and effective course that responds to the needs of a diverse student cohort and these methods will focus on application to practice and a critical approach to working with children and young people.

Assessment methods will include:

  • formal essays
  • case studies
  • report writing
  • presentations
  • posters
  • reflective diary.
Useful Information

FDA Early Years Practice Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

This course is designed for students who have around two years of relevant experience and normally work 15 hours a week or more.

Typically you already need to have one of the following qualifications:

  • NVQ Level 3 Qualification in Children's Care Learning and Development
  • Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Pre-school Practice and Child Minding Practice
  • BTEC National Diploma Early Years
  • Current Early Years educator

If you are successful we will invite you for an interview.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

The Developing Child

Personal and Professional Development in Practice 1

The Team around the Child and Young Person

Developing Practice, Play and Playful Pedagogy

Year 2 Modules

Curriculum: Principles in Practice

Personal and Professional Development in Practice 2

Children, Families and Societies


What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£4,900 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

After you've finished this course you could progress on to study our BA (Hons) Professional Practice.

You could also choose to complete one of our Postgraduate Certificates in either Education or School Direct Teaching programme. Choosing to continue your education will develop your skills further and broaden your knowledge.

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