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Foundation Degree Early Years (UCAS: 8P22)

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.


The course is aimed at students, who have completed a level 3 qualification in relevant subject areas, and those who have relevant experience of the sector through employment as well as those students with transferable skills looking for a career change. Students will be actively encouraged to develop theoretical underpinning within their everyday practice.


Teaching will be one day per week and you will be expected to attend term-time classes. You may also be required to attend tutorials and seminars during the usual college holiday period. Teaching will include lectures, workshops, group seminars and tutorials and wherever possible teaching will be supported with specialist guest speakers. You will also need to undertake independent study to support your learning.

Entry Requirements

College / School Leaver Applicants offering post GCSE qualifications will normally have or are predicted to achieve 160 tariff points with at least 120 from 6/12 unit awards. In addition, we will be looking for evidence of personal skills and qualities through personal statements and references. Applicants with other qualifications and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All students are required to either be in full/ part time work or undertaking at least three days amounting in no less than 16 hours relevant voluntary employment per week. Mature applicants (21 years old and over) do not have to satisfy the same certificated qualifications entry criteria as college and school leavers. If you have good professional or other qualifications and appropriate work experience you will be considered and are encouraged to apply. As will those wishing to formalise their experience, or to update skills, knowledge and understanding. Applicants are advised to have GCSE English at Grade C or above. Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutors. Candidates will be required to undertake a short written task and group exercise.

Questions & Answers

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Foundation Degree in Early Years

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is through essays, reports, group/individual presentations and the construction of a work- based learning log. You will also be required to complete a personal development profile (PDP) as part of your assessed work.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

You can go on to on to study the BA (Hons) Early Years (Top-Up) at the college which will enhance your career giving you the opportunity to apply for a position within Early Years and in some instances employment in primary schools working with children up to the end of Key Stage One.

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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: Week Beginning 19th September 2016
  • Hours per week: 7 hours study per week , 1 hour tutorial and 7 hours directed study (one day per week in College)
  • Days: Tuesday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 5.15 pm
  • Duration: 2 years
  • 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: Subject to validation by The Open University.

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