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Montessori Early Childhood Practice FdA

London Metropolitan University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

Montessori Early Childhood Practice FdA

This vocational course, delivered at Montessori Centre International (MCI) in central London, combines the expertise and international reputation of MCI with the best of London Metropolitan University's early childhood studies program.

You can choose to study on the Level 5 foundation degree (FdA) full-time over two years, or study a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education (HE Cert – either full-time over one year or part-time over two years). Both meet the current Early Years Educator requirements, which employers need.

The foundation degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice was developed to meet the demand in the workplace for well qualified Montessori early childhood specialists who can demonstrate high levels of professional competence, and apply knowledge and skills effectively in practice. It provides a foundation degree level qualification for the Montessori community.

The focus and context for the study of early childhood is the distinct philosophy and pedagogy of Montessori practice, and we aim to develop reflective practitioners who are forward thinking, responsive and ready to engage in contemporary early years discourse.

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Admission requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • you must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent).
  • two A Levels, one of which must be at least a grade C/grade 4 or above (combined 48 UCAS points or above) or an equivalent stand alone subject (CACHE Level 3 Certificate/Diploma, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, etc).
  • candidates with English as an additional language must hold IELTS 6.5 (Academic).
  • For direct entry to Level 5, applicants must hold either the former MCI International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy or the current MCI Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – birth to seven (Early Years Educator)

Please note that this course is not suitable for Tier 4 (international) students.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1 (Level 4) topics:

  • Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum 1 (30 credits)
  • Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum 2 (30 credits)
  • Perspectives on Children’s Development and Well-being (30 credits)
  • Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement 1 (30 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5) topics:

  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in Early Childhood (30 credits)
  • Supporting Diversity in Early Childhood (30 credits)
  • Creative Thinking and Representation (15 credits)
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development (15 credits)
  • Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement (2) (30 credits).

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

How much you pay in tuition fees depends on which country you come from and whether you are a full-time or part-time student. Please visit the course page on university website for fee information particular to that course.

Continuing studies

The majority of students continue their studies on completion of the foundation degree, using it as a platform to gain an Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) degree, with an option to study further towards becoming an early years teacher or completing a PGCE.

Career opportunities

The course also allows MCI graduates to develop their careers and access a degree level qualification which can allow them to move up to more senior roles as room leaders, lead practitioners or managers.

The international nature of the qualification allows graduates to work as Montessori educators in this country and abroad. Some students have opened their own Montessori settings or aspire to do so in the future. Many students choose to specialise in an area such as special educational needs or Montessori primary education.

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London Metropolitan University

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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