Early Years Foundation Degree Level 4/5





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About the course

This exciting, work-based programme, proven to raise the quality of practice in Early Years settings will empower you to transform your practice through reflection and research.

This is a full-time programme.

Entry Requirements

Students usually need at least two of the following:

  • Level 3 qualification in Early Years
  • At least two years' experience working with children from birth to eight years
  • Current employment working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (birth to eight years) or KS1 for at least two days per week.
  • You will be required to work a minimum of two days in your setting with the children and undertake action research and other assignments linking theory to practice.
  • Written support from your workplace offering a mentor and/or day release is essential.
  • Overseas students must have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
  • DBS clearance 

 You will need an interview for this course

UCAS Application Code

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: X310
Campus code: B
Short code: FdA/EY
Application: UCAS
What will I do on this course?

By the end of the course you will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to good early years practice; you will have understood the theory underpinning early years education and care in different settings; be able to communicate ideas, principles, arguments and analysis effectively in speech and writing.  The course consists of seven modules and will cover topics such as:

  • Childhood
  • Children's Rights
  • Society and Culture
  • Social Policy
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Children's Holistic Health
  • Positionality, Inclusion and Diversity
  • How Children Learn
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Creativity
  • Multi-agency Working and Leadership
  • Partnership with Parents/Carers
  • Reflective Practice
  • Action Research
  • Inclusion and Diversity

You will be assigned a tutor who will observe your practice and support your professional development.Duration: 2 years full time - 8 hours per week in College, minimum of 2 days per week in the workplace.

Who is it for?

The Foundation Degree is aimed at those who are currently working as Early Years practitioners and wish to gain a Level 5 qualification which may lead to Early Years Teacher status, management jobs in children's centres, or teaching.

How to apply

Applications through UCAS: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/register

Clearing is open until 30th September

For further information contact the UCAS Student hotline: 0371 468 0468

How Is this course assessed?
  • Group work
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Portfolio
  • Observations
  • Presentations


What could I do next?

After successful completion of the course you could go on to study the third year of the BEd (Hons) Education Degree or another relevant Degree followed by a teaching qualification or Early Years Teacher status (subject to eligibility). 

Additional cost

Course fees per academic year:    

Year 1: £6000

Year 2: £6000


You may be eligible for a student loan, Student Finance can be contacted on 0300 100 0607

Further information can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/student-finance


 You will need an interview for this course 



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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