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Foundation Degree Early Years (February Start - Evening course) (UCAS: 8P22)

The development of children and young people are at the forefront of policy and debate in today's society. The focus of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of child development and other factors that shape children's lives from birth. A key difference between this and other programmes of study is that we help you to develop your understanding from the perspective of children. So if you're looking to progress into teaching, working in early years, social care, child and youth policy work and other occupations relating to children, young people and families, then this course could be for you.

You'll explore the nature of childhood in a contemporary society, referencing relevant social theory and research as well as drawing on current policy and practices in the field, including your own experiences. Key topics include the study of childhood through the perspectives of psychology, sociology, philosophy and educational theories and development, Inclusivity, Safeguarding. We'll also help you to develop as a critical thinker; able to understand and challenge current approaches and policy. The Foundation Degree in Early Years has been designed around the requirements of the Early Years sector and develops the skills necessary for students to pursue a career in this field. Students will gain an understanding of current professional practice that meets the needs of sector employers. The combination of learning approaches within the award will enable professional practice to be balanced with the appropriate skills and standards required within the Early Years sector as well as in business and enterprise.


A two year course run over one and a half days, combined with a work placement in an early years environment.

The course is delivered over one day and an evening; it is comprised of a variety of teaching methods which work alongside the student’s placement.


You'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. You’ll also have a personal tutor who'll be assigned to you throughout your degree to support your on-going wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Course Leader profile

Janet Holden

Main Grade lecturer full time Calderdale College Bsc (Hons) Psychology, QTLS Life long Learning Sector, Member of BPS. I have a wide range of experiences that inform my teaching, for example working with Social Services to set up group homes and work rehabilitation for vulnerable adults and those with mental health issues. I have worked with the education system in schools with children with severe behavioural challenges and have a special interest in autism and autistic spectrum conditions. When the Kosovan refugees came to this area I was asked to help get them ‘ready for school’ and I worked with them and their families in order to access the support needed for these traumatised children to achieve. This year’s teaching commitment is with the Foundation Degree in Early Years, Cache L3 Diploma in Supporting individuals with Learning Disabilities, Initial Teacher Training (Lifelong Learning) PGCE/CertEd and in the past I have taught on the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and the Ba (hons) in Early Years and several sessions of Staff Development on autism, Equality and Diversity, Motivation and Stress and am involved each year in supporting and mentoring student teachers. I am the vice chair of the college’s UCU and I sit on the college’s Joint Consultative Committee where college wide issues are discussed with senior management and staff representatives such as the capability and sickness policy, health and safety issues etc.

Entry Requirements

Functional skills level 2 preferably GCSE at grade C or grade 4 or above. Work placement in an early year’s environment is essential.

Interview Process

Group interview or a telephone interview

Questions & Answers

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Foundation Degree in Early Years

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed on written assignments and a variety of practical tasks such as the creation of posters, DVD interviews, portfolio presentations, reflective diary’s, work based learning and portfolios.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

On successful completion Students can progress to a BA Early Years followed by the EYITT/Post Graduate Teaching Certificate.

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: 8P22
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time and Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: February 2017; September 2017
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week - 1 full day a week da
  • Days: Tuesday (full day) or Thursday (full day), Evenings to be confirmed
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 8.00 pm
  • Duration: 2 years (Full time) 3 Years (Part-Time Evenings)
  • Course Fees: £5990 per year. Please contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for advice. All higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson

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  • Level: Foundation Degree
  • Qualification Name: Foundation Degree Early Years
  • Awarding Body: Open University

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