Early Years Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree
Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time

Course Overview

Explore the nature of childhood in contemporary society, linking social theory, policy and practice, while developing your academic and research skills UCAS Code: 8P22


The development of children and young people is at the forefront of policy and debate in today’s society. This course will 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 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 related occupations, this course is for you.

You’ll explore the nature of childhood in a contemporary society, alongside relevant social theory and research as well as drawing on current policy and practices in the field, including your own experiences. Modules across both years of study will support you in developing your academic and research skills to enable you to get the best out of the programme.

We’ll help you to develop as a critical thinker; being able to understand and challenge current approaches and policy.

The  modules you’ll study are:

Level 4

  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Exploring Practice
  • Safeguarding Children and Families
  • Inclusivity
  • Approaches to Pedagogy
  • Birth to Five

Level 5

  • Academic Research and Professional Development
  • Communication and Collaboration in the Early Years
  • Leading Early Years Practice
  • Contemporary Issues
  • 21st Century Play
  • Environmental Influences on Behaviour

Important Links:

  • Click HERE for the programme specification
  • For a full list of the University Centre’s regulations and policies please click HERE
  • Click HERE for The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants should have a pass in a relevant Level 3 award or an Access to HE diploma or substantial previous experience in the workplace.

Those wishing to continue onto Primary Teaching qualifications following the course will need to have Maths, English and Science at GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 also.

There are no appointed placements undertaken in this course however there is the expectation that potential students either be in full- or part-time employment or volunteering, undertaking at least 12 hours’ voluntary or paid employment per week in an early years setting.

Applicants who demonstrate that they have met the academic requirements, thought about the appropriateness of the programme, have a clear idea of their progression route and have the relevant personal skills and qualities will be invited to interview.

The University Centre actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning. You must show how the learning you have already completed matches the learning that is required on the programme you are applying for. 


On successful completion you can progress to the BA Early Years top-up to complete your full honours degree.

Completion of the foundation degree may also allow you to progress in your career in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including as a stepping-stone to teaching.

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed through a range of tasks, designed to reflect some of the skills required in the Early Years sector. These may include written assignments, research tasks, presentations, and planning and creating activities and resources.

Before you hand-in or present a final piece of work there is usually an opportunity for a discussion with your tutor in a one-to-one tutorial. You will be encouraged to submit or present your work-in-progress to your tutor – which will not be graded – to see whether you are on the right lines. There is usually a limit to the amount of feedback that your tutor can give you – please ask them about this. 

Your assessed work will go through a rigorous process of internal moderation and then will be checked by an externally appointed person called an external examiner. At each stage this means that marking and grading is checked and may be adjusted. 

Course Fees

£7950 per year

Eligible to receive the £500 University Centre Bursary in Year 1. 

All Higher Education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. Please contact our Student Services Team on 01422 399367 for advice.

The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties.

Additional information on fees and funding

Awarding Body

This award is validated by The Open University

Early Years Foundation Degree

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
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