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Early Years: Leadership & Management Foundation Degree FdA: After you graduate

Careers and progression

This qualification is valued by employers and will be a mark of your professional excellence and expertise, enabling you to develop your career opportunities.

Your course will be delivered at your local college. Candidates who successfully complete the foundation degree can take a further year's study and top-up their qualification to a BA(Hons) degree at Kingston University.

Once you have completed this FdA followed by the BA(Hons) top-up, you will be well-placed to pursue postgraduate opportunities and enhance your professional development in education and related fields. Many graduates return to Kingston University for postgraduate and continuing professional development studies including Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and MA studies.

Please note: to progress to EYTS or QTS, you will need GCSE (A*–C or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings) in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • creche manager
  • extended school co-ordinator
  • manager
  • nursery supervisor
  • room supervisor
  • nursery manager
  • sub-committee manager


  • Little Butterfly Nursery
  • Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Oasis Pre-School
  • St Clement Nursery School
  • Lyne and Longcross Nursery
  • Pre-School Learning Alliance

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:


    This course is taught at Kingston College and NEWTEC


    This course is taught at Kingston College and NEWTEC

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