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Foundation Degree Early Years

If you are considering building a career in the educational practice and caring profession sector, then you should enrol on this Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years. The course programme examines theories of child development, play and learning, including the role of the adult and through appreciation of international and cultural perspectiv es. Through lectures, seminars and workshops, students gain a greater understanding of policy as well as regulatory and legislative frameworks.
The programme encourages progression on to an Honours year to enable students to take on graduate roles within the sector or progress into Early Years teaching roles.

Entry Requirements

Entrants should normally have a minimum of one of the following:
• An appropriate A level or vocational A Level
• NVQ Level 3, BTEC or other appropriate vocationally-related NQF Level 3 qualification
• An advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Early Years or another appropriate subject

Students should also have a minimum of two years employment in an early years setting, of which at least 12 months should be continuous service working directly with children for ten
hours or more per week.
A satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

Fees information


What do I need to bring?

Notepad and pen.

Assessment/Exam information

All work submitted for marking will be returned with feedback within four weeks.

Other information

You will receive excellent tuition from well-qualified and experienced staff.

Course Content:
• Studying Policy and Practice (double module)
• Learning, Development and the Foundation Stage (double module)
• Inclusion
• Communication, Language and Literacy
• Mathematical Development
• Exploring and Learning
• Issues in Child Development (double module)
• Roles of other Professionals in Early Years
• Physical Care and Health Issues
• Management (double module)
• Safeguarding Young Children
• Research, Policy and Practice.

(1) Students will require GCSE C or above in English and Maths.
(2) Students will require GCSE C or above in English, Maths or Science.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may wish to continue to study towards a full honours degree through the BA programme at Swindon College, gaining graduate status.

Students can also go on to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)*.

On completion of the full Honours Degree students may then progress to Initial Teaching Training routes such as PGCE or GTTP*.

*please note: students will require GCSE C or above in English, Maths and Science.

Qualification description

Foundation Degree Early Years.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
31 weeks per year 10 Sep 2018 26 Jun 2020 Tuition fee: £7,200.00 EYH5021
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 5.80
Study days: ENQ

Any extra costs

For further information on costs, please contact:
Student Services,
Telephone: 01793 498106

How to apply

Applications should be made via UCAS at

Please use Institution Code O66 and UCAS Code X318.

Any further questions please contact HE Admissions on 01793 498106.