FdA Early Years and Education

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Do you want to work with young children? Or maybe you already are? This exciting foundation degree can help you start or advance a rewarding career in early years education.

This course at University Centre West Anglia offers a higher-level qualification for anyone working as a teaching assistant, early years nursery worker or playworker. It’s also ideal if you want to study before starting your career.

You’ll learn about the education sector as well as child development, play, safeguarding and equality. There’s a strong focus on issues that are currently affecting early years and education services – as well as on your ability to carry out research.

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Facilities at UcWA

Study at University Centre West Anglia and benefit from facilities including:

  • 14 digitally-enabled classrooms
  • 120-seat multimedia lecture theatre
  • a Learning Resource Centre, containing traditional and modern resources to enhance your learning
  • depending on your course, you may use the £2.5m Creative Studios building.


This foundation degree will open up a number of career options. You’ll be able to apply for roles in nursery work, school support and playwork. It will also be an advantage if you want to do further study, such as topping up to a full honours degree. 

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University Centre West Anglia

Our partnership with University Centre West Anglia lets you study for an ARU degree in the heart of historic King's Lynn.

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