Teesside University Early Years

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Teesside University Early Years

FdA Early Years Sector Endorsed

In 2013 the Foundation Degree in Early Years received ‘Sector Endorsement’ from the Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree Early Years (SEDFEY), a nationally recognised organisation.

Being awarded Sector Endorsement ensures the FdA Early Years continues to ensure that:- the quality of teaching and learning is standardised across all partner colleges- there are robust quality monitoring systems in place to meet the needs of employers – the curriculum content is appropriate to equip students with a range of skills to enable them to meet the needs of children from 0 – 8 years.This part-time programme is a foundation degree for early years’ practitioners. You will be at least 18 and have experience of working with children in a variety of contexts. The foundation degree comprises two years of part-time study at one of the University’s partner colleges. This enables you to progress on to the final year of the BA (Hons) Young Children and Early Childhood (Top-up) degree.

The award of Teesside University is delivered in partnership with Darlington College (01325 503030), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132) and Stockton Riverside College (01642 865400). The course runs at these Colleges, not at Teesside University.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules
  • Early Years Policy and Practice
  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Protecting Children in the Early Years
  • Understanding Children’s Development
Year 2 core modules
  • Approaches to Pedagogy
  • Learning and Best practice in Early Years
  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Research for Early Years

Entry requirements

In order to access the programme individuals must be working (paid or unpaid) in an appropriate early years setting (for example a school, nursery, children’s centre, Sure Start setting, childminding setting) and have professional access to children between the ages of birth to eight years for the duration of their studies.

In addition, applicants must:

  • be 18 years or over by 31 December in their first year of study;
  • have a Level 3 childcare qualification or equivalent;
  • have experience working in the early years sector;
  • have a commitment to continuing professional development in the early years sector;
  • attend an interview prior to joining the programme
  • have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check)

For entry to level 5/year two, applicants must:

  • have 120 credits at level 4 in a Child Care FD or equivalent.
  • have experience working in the early years sector;
  • have a commitment to continuing professional development in the early years sector;
  • have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check)

Contact your local college for specific advice.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

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Full-time

  • Not available full-time
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