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Foundation Degree Early Years - Full Time (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.


A two year course run over one day, 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 profiles

Maureen McLachlan

I gained my BA (Hons) in Primary education in 2005 after completing a child psychology course. My personal experiences of Higher Education inspired me to teach in the Higher Education sector.

I commenced employment at Calderdale College in September 2009 as Main grade  Lecturer with the Early Years team on the Foundation degree in Early Years, validated by Leeds Beckett university for full and part-time routes. Additionally as Personal Tutor to a group of full/part-time students and undertaking placement visits within my time with the college I have coordinated and taught on both the BA and Foundation degree in Early Years.

After 7 years in the early years sector working in nurseries and primary schools I began my own learning journey which led to a teaching career as a Lecturer to further this career I undertook an in service PGCE which led on to me becoming Course Leader utilising my experience to make the course a high quality learning experience for students. I am currently course leader for the first year students on the Early Years Foundation degree validated by Open University.

From a very young age I had the passion and drive to work with children and young people and progression into teaching has been a natural one. The opportunity to teach others about childhood and utilising my extensive industry experiences assists putting this into practice; with the ability to explain and demonstrate to others how theory relates to practice through real life experience.

Karen Lumley

I gained my BSc (Hons) in Behavioural Sciences in (2002), on completion of this I started a 730 Teacher Training Course where I went on to teach in the Early years Sector and Health Care Professions. In (2005) I completed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education.

 During my time at Calderdale College I have taught on the Foundation Degree as main grade lecturer and course leader, I am currently course leader for the second year Early Years Foundation Degree which is validated by the Open University.

I also teach on the Access to Health Care Professions Course which has strong links with the Early Years in respect of legislation and psychological theories.

I have my A1 Assessors award and also Qualified Teacher Learner Status all of which combine to ensure I have a range of qualifications which enrich my teaching style.

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
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hrs per week
  • Days: Monday Eve 5 pm - 8 pm AND Thursday all day 9 am - 5 pm
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: £7000 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: Katie Walker

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

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