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FdA Early Childhood

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Make a difference to the lives of young children and their families, by studying our Early Childhood foundation degree at ARU Peterborough.

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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Our two-year FdA Early Childhood course seeks to promote a holistic and contemporary approach to supporting the learning and development of children aged under eight. As a student at ARU Peterborough, you'll explore the importance of early childhood education and care to bring about change in children’s lives. You will develop your knowledge of a broad range of professional practice areas within early childhood learning and development including social, psychological, cultural and sociological factors.

Practical experience is fundamental to the development of your core professional skills, so you will have the opportunity to undertake professional placements alongside your studies, which can be in a paid or voluntary capacity (subject to agreement by the Early Childhood Placement Tutor). There will be opportunities for you to focus research on specialist areas of interest within early childhood.

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Join our education community and:

  • study at a university that's ranked sixth in the country for Education in the Guardian League Table 2023 
  • learn from primary school teachers and leaders with a wealth of experience
  • work with research-active lecturers who’ll support you carry out your own research in an area of interest
  • make use of learning facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Employability is at the heart of our FdA Early Childhood degree. You’ll prepare for your future career through a personalised career development planning process. The course is designed to aid your development of self-confidence, emotional intelligence, reflectiveness, team working and stress tolerance, all crucial attributes needed once you graduate. You will gain an understanding of career opportunities available to you, and the option of further study, including topping up to a full honours degree.

Placements are embedded at each level of this course, which give you the opportunity to develop practical skills to enhance current and future practice.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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