Course overview

Early Years Foundation Degree City of Bristol College

This two-year Early Years Foundation Degree is run at City of Bristol College, in partnership with Bath Spa University.

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

If you studied your Level 3 course with us, you could be eligible for our Higher Education Progression Bursary. You can find out more about our financial support options or download the HE progression bursary application form.

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Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: X310
Campus code: B
Short code: FdA/EY

Dates and applications

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Early Years Foundation Degree Ashley Down Centre
Course Code
21/09/2023 - 28/06/2025
2 years
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
Start Time
Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £6165 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
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Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
HBF1524A01-1 21/09/2023 - 28/06/2025 2 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 11.29 09:00 Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £6165 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
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Additional information

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at those who are currently working as early years practitioners and wish to gain a Level 5 qualification. This may lead to Early Years Teacher Status, a career in management within the sector or teaching.

What you'll learn

By the end of the course you will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to good early years practice and you will have understood the theory underpinning early years education and care in different settings. The course consists of seven modules and may 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

Course entry requirements

Students usually need one or more 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
  • Written support from your workplace offering a mentor and/or day release is essential
  • DBS clearance.

You will require an interview for this course.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This Foundation Degree is a full-time, Higher Education qualification, taught over one day a week at our Ashley Down Centre.

You will be assigned a tutor who will observe your practice and support your professional development. You will spend eight hours per week in College and a minimum of two days per week in the workplace.

You will be assessed through:

  • Group work
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Portfolio
  • Observations
  • Presentations

Future career and study opportunities

After the course, you could:

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery. 

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

Find out more about financial support available to you.

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