Course: FdA Early Years and Childhood Studies

Study Level

Level 5


Lowestoft Campus


Two Years



The Foundation degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies is an exciting programme enabling those working in early years to gain graduate status. The course is suitable as a pathway to primary school teaching (you must also achieve GCSE maths, English and science). We welcome applications from those working within the childcare sector.

As these are employment-based learning courses, you will require the support of your employer to successfully complete the qualification. You will also need a mentor in the workplace to support you with your studies. These courses emphasise multi-agency working, helping to create a workforce committed to joint working and improving standards of care for children.

If you successfully complete the Foundation degree and are interested in progressing with your studies within the field of children’s care and learning, you can continue on to the BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies (Progression route), or the BA (Hons) Applied Care Practice (Children and Families). We welcome applications from anyone that has achieved 240 credits in higher education (120 credits at level 5) e.g. Foundation degree related to early years practice.

You can apply for this course on the University of Suffolk website to study at the East Coast College Lowestoft campus. Click ‘More Information’ to be taken to the full course and application page.


80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.


Future employment opportunities exist in schools, children’s centres, playgroups, nurseries, social care and voluntary organisations.