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Foundation Degree Early Years

Higher Education Level 4/5 Foundation Degree
The Foundation Degree in Early Years supports the Government initiative to improve the career pathway for practitioners working in the Early Years sector. This highly successful course has been developed in partnership with Employers, Local Authorities and Leeds Beckett University.This degree is much sought after in Children's Centres and Extended Schools. This qualification is designed for practitioners qualified at Level 3 and/or with significant post-qualifiying experience.


The Foundation Degree in Early Years is suitable for any practitioner working directly with children from 0-16 years. To achieve the full Foundation Degree you will complete the core modules and then choose one of the route-specific options which may be directly related to your career interests or may be a topic that you wish to learn more about. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree provides a progression route to a full BA Childhood Studies Degree or PGCE, EYPS, QTS or management opportunities. Modules include: Personal and Professional Development, Work-based learning, Understanding behaviour, Play and curriculum, Inclusivity, Safeguarding children and families, Leadership, Contemporary Issues in Early Years. Elective modules: Teaching assistants, Play and Playwork, Birth-Five.


Teaching will be one day per week and you will be expected to attend term-time classes for 30 weeks. 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.

Entry Requirements

Appropriate Level 3 qualification (for example A Levels or vocational qualification) in Early years, Childcare or Playwork (or equivalent) PLUS: At least two years' experience of working in the sector. Candidates with a level 2 qualification may apply with evidence of at least three years' experience of working in the sector. Candidates will be employed or working in a voluntary or Early Years setting for at least 12 hours per week throughout the award. Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.

Interview Process

Interview with Award Lead Tutors. Candidates will be required to undertake a short written task and group exercise.

Questions & Answers

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?

BA Top Up Early Years, leading to work as an Early Years Professional, Early Years Care, Teachers in Primary, Scecondary, Further and Higher Education, Teaching Assistants, School Support Workers, Local and National Government policy and development work, Social Work, Health Care, Counselling, Psychology. Community Care. Candidates who go on to top up may then continue to EYPS.

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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

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2015
  • Hours per week: 7 hours study per week , 1 hour tutorial and 7 hours directed study (one day per week in College)
  • Days: Thursday
  • 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: Higher Education
  • Qualification Name: Foundation Degree Early Years
  • Awarding Body: Open University

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