Early Childhood Studies - Foundation Degree

Course Code: SM1HE105

UCAS Code: L520


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearEnrol
13/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                        

Indicative Duration: 1 day a week
Day/s of week: Monday
Time: 09:15am - 5.15pm
Indicative Delivery 100% On-site at the University Centre Campus

Fast-track your career into early childhood management with the Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies. 

Ideal if you’re already working in the sector, this two-year degree course develops the skills and qualities needed to progress into roles such as Early Years Practitioner, Children's Centre Lead Practitioner and Deputy Nursery Manager. 

The programme is unique in two distinct ways: 

•    there is a strong focus on industry-based learning (facilitated by our own extensive employer relationships) 
•    we also support you to get to grips with the process of studying (through an Introduction to Academic Study module and our team of dedicated personal learning mentors). 

Student satisfaction – as a result – is extremely high, with many students progressing to our one-year honours top-up programme. 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • MPP from Extended Diploma or MM from Diploma in Early Years 
  • Pass from Early Years Educator Level 3
  • English Language grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2. If not achieved must work towards and achieve in first year of study
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Additional Requirements:

  • All applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer confirming proposed work experience 
  • 12 months hands on experience in the workplace with service users (does not include administration)
  • You must hold a current DBS 

A professional discussion may be required prior to offer if you do not meet the exact entry criteria

Qualification Obtained

FdA Early Childhood Studies

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Children and ChildhoodsSM4MD12120Mandatory
The Early Years Outdoor EnvironmentSM4MD12220Mandatory
Reflective Practice Early Years SectorSM4MD12320Mandatory
Safeguarding Early YearsSM4MD12420Mandatory
Inclusive PracticeSM4MD12520Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study ShacSM4MD15220Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Communication and PartnershipsSM5MD17320Mandatory
Critical Issues Early Child DevelopmentSM5MD17420Mandatory
Professional DevelopmentSM5MD17720Mandatory
Research in Early ChildhoodSM5MD20920Mandatory
Social PolicySM5MD21020Mandatory
Work Based LearningSM5MD21120Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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