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Supporting Early Years Practice

Foundation Degree

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Supporting Early Years Practice

Foundation Degree



    Year of entry: 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (1 day a week on campus)
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Course Overview

Do you work in a role that supports the development of children aged 0-5 years? Do you want to develop your professional practice?

Supporting Early Years aims to further your understanding of how best to create and maintain positive conditions that support young children's learning and development.

Why study with us?

• Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are research-active with extensive professional experience in the children's workforce.

• Draw on your professional and life experience to work towards a full BA Honours degree with a further year's study.

• Enhance your professional skills and broaden your career opportunities.

• Build your professional network, sharing experiences with fellow professionals.

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Course Information

About this course >

You'll critically investigate and evaluate the theories, knowledge, policies and legislation that underpin current best practice. You'll study a range of topics relevant to child development, such as play and early learning, inclusivity and diversity, and communication and language. You'll also learn how to create an enabling environment for young children, as well as how to develop children's social and emotional resilience.

Studying alongside fellow professionals, you'll reflect on your practical experience by looking at what you know and do well, as well as how you can improve your knowledge to be more effective. You'll graduate with a highly regarded qualification that will improve your work performance and your career opportunities.

You can complete this degree in two years during one afternoon/evening per week (Mondays 1.30-6.30pm for Level 4, Tuesdays 1.30-6.30pm for Level 5), alongside existing work commitments.

Leeds Trinity University courses terms and conditions

Further Study

Graduates can progress to further study at Leeds Trinity on to the "top-up" BA (Hons) Professional Practice "top-up" - this third year of study leads to a full BA (Hons) degree.

Many students benefit within their existing work places from their academic achievements, seeking more specialist roles with children and young people or expanding into new areas of practice.  

After completing the foundation degree and the top up level 6 year, many students continue to the MA Family Support or Teacher Training.

Modules >

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 

  • Creating an Enabling Environment for Young Children
  • Communication and Language (Families)
  • Working with Families or Working with 21st Century Children
  • Inclusivity and Diversity or Introduction to SEN and Disability
  • Play and Early Learning
  • Assessments and Interventions
  • Research-Informed Practice in the Early Years
  • Developing Social and Emotional Resilience
  • Leading and Managing or Developing Literacy

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • FDA4002 - Developing Learning Skills for Professional Practice
  • FDA4012 - Introduction to Child Development Theory
  • FDA4022 - Creating an Enabling Environment for Young Children
  • FDA4032 - Inclusivity and Diversity
  • FDA4052 - Communication and Language (School)
  • FDA4062 - Working with Families
  • FDA4072 - Working with Twenty-First Century Children
  • FDA4092 - Introduction to SEN and Disability
  • FDA4102 - HLTA Preparation

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • FDA5002 - Play and Early Learning
  • FDA5012 - Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
  • FDA5022 - Developing Social and Emotional Resilience
  • FDA5042 - Leading and Managing
  • FDA5052 - Developing Literacy
  • FDA5062 - Assessments and Interventions
  • FDA5092 - Higher Level Teaching Assistant Preparation Level 5
  • FDA5102 - Research-informed Practice in the Early Years

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements a key part of all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  #expand#

Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group workshops and seminars. Students also are able to access tutorial support from a range of expert tutors.

All students are expected to develop their professional skills supported by tutors, employers, mentors and peers. Students have the opportunity to underpin their practice with theory and research.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Directed activities in each module support you by scaffolding your work towards the final module assessment.  Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

​You must have a Level 2 Literacy qualification e.g. GCSE English Language Grade C (grade 4); Functional Skills Level 2 (previously Key Skills Communication Level 2); Adult Literacy Level 2. You must have a Level 3 qualification e.g. A level, BTEC National, NVQ3 or Level 3 entry paper. This course is not available to Level 4 students. You must have employer support and at least one year's volunteering/working experience. ​Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

​Foundation degree courses are £5,000 a year for tuition fees in 2019–20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. 

Additional Costs

Work-based learning

​​This is a work-based learning degree, so you'll spend at least two days a week with an employer to reflect on theory and practice. Our students usually complete this with their existing employer; however, if you're not employed, you can volunteer with a relevant organisation for two days a week. Work-based employment can be in schools, children's centres, nurseries, within children's services for local or voluntary sectors, or in provision for young people or those with specialist needs.

Graduate opportunities

​On successful completion of the Foundation degree, you'll be able to progress on to our top-up degree in Professional Practice, which will lead to a full BA Honours degree after an additional year of study. You could progress in your current role, seek more specialist roles with children and young people, or expand into new areas of practice. After completing the Foundation degree and the top-up Professional Practice degree, many of our students continue on to our MA in Family Support, MSc Psychology (Conversion) or a PGCE.

Campus Life

What is Discover Uni?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Supporting Early Years
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Supporting Early Years alone to be represented in the Unistats data.
This lack of published data within Unistats for Supporting Early Years at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.